EL SEGUNDO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 24, 2013) - Fuhu Inc., creator of the award-winning nabi tablet, and KDDI, Japan's second largest mobile phone carrier, announced today the launch of Kodomo Park, a new mobile kid-safe platform providing access to educational apps in a safe and protected environment for children and families in Japan.
Kodomo Park (kodomo means "kids" in Japanese) is a collaboration between Fuhu, with their knowledge and experience in the US as an innovator in kids' products and services delivering Learn, Play, Grow experiences, and KDDI, with its expertise as a carrier and ability to aggregate engaging and appealing educational content in Japan.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to offer kids and parents a unique, safe and customizable mobile platform leveraging Fuhu's experience creating rich and engaging experiences in children's education and entertainment," stated Tomohiro Ebata, Head of Business Development and Investment Director at KDDI. "Kodomo Park is a complete mobile package that builds on Fuhu's innovation to provide Japanese parents the peace of mind that their children are safely learning and interacting with technology."
Kodomo Park provides a kid-friendly environment where children between the ages of 0 to 6 can play various educational apps under parents' management. Kodomo Park features over 50 various apps authorized as 'safe and sound' by KDDI's audit process and most apps are available at no additional cost with a fixed monthly fee. This new platform will be available to download, free of charge, beginning July 1 in KDDI's au App Market for all of its family of Android smartphones.
"We are excited to partner with KDDI, the leading carrier in Japan, to deliver amazing experiences to children and parents all over the country," said Jim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu, Inc. "As the leader in developing kid-safe products and services, we are dedicated to creating engaging experiences for families and we look forward to working with KDDI to develop more innovative solutions and platforms."
Fuhu's nabi is a brand that offers families an ecosystem of innovative lifestyle solutions that are powerful and entertaining enough for adults but made just for kids. nabi tablets are the first full-featured Android tablets for kids that deliver rich and engaging experiences. It provides kids with a platform to learn with education programs like Wings™ (first tablet-based adaptive learning system that tailors courseware based on a child's proficiency), and enjoy console-quality entertainment powered by NVIDIA® Tegra® processors. Recently launched are nabi Headphones, the first dual-mode and volume limiting studio quality kids headphones, and nabi Square HD, 1080p HD mountable camcorder made waterproof and shockproof for kids.
About Fuhu, Inc.
Fuhu, Inc., creator of the nabi tablet, is a leading designer, seller and innovator of thoughtful consumer products and services for children. Fuhu is committed to creating children's solutions that are: (1) socially responsible, (2) made right, (3) make a difference in people's lives, (4) for parents by parents, and (5) dedicated to the intellectual development of children. Fuhu is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with other U.S. offices in Denver and San Jose. For more information, visit www.fuhu.com and www.nabitablet.com
KDDI Corporation is a Japanese telecommunications operator formed in October 2000 through the merger of DDI Corp., KDD Corp., and IDO Corp. It has its headquarters in the Garden Air Tower in Iidabashi, Chiyoda, Tokyo. KDDI provides mobile cellular services using the "au" brand. ISP network and solution services are provided under the au one net brand, while "au Hikari" is the name under which long-distance and international voice and data communications services and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) services are marketed.