Leap Frog Leapster Explorer

I’ve reported on Leap Frog products before, such as the Didj and the Leapster II.

They are terrific at making portable and electric gaming/educational toys for kids in the grade school years, and they just announced the Leapster Explorer Learning Experience yesterday.

If you didn’t hear about it, I don’t blame you. After all, Apple had this new iPhone thing that they were all excited about. That effectively killed most technological coverage yesterday.

Anyway, the Leapster Explorer Learning Experience is designed for kids ages four to nine, and it has a high resolution touchscreen as well as “a click-in camera accessory”. I’m not certain if that means it can take pictures, but it can support downloadable Leaplet learning Apps such as e-Books and videos.

It is a definite quantum leap with their gameplay as they can deliver Flash and 3D graphics. It also features more personalized play like having its young users create on-board pets, then playing games with this virtual pet.

The Leap Frog Leapster Explorer Learning Experience is available for pre-order on the Leap Frog site. It will be officially released on July 15. By the end of the year, it is planned to have 40 different play experiences available, including 12 cartridge games and 18 Leaplet Learning Apps.