I have been fortunate enough to do some really great reviews on some really fantastic products. But I have to say, the Oregon Scientific Interactive SmartGlobe on Hayneedle.com has got to be the coolest thing I have ever seen!
Ok, so check this out. This globe talks! Not only does it talk, it sings, plays national anthems, allows game play for up to four players, speaks 8 different languages, has a talking BOOK that comes with it, and a pull out United States map that talks, and so, so, so much more! It educates its users with information on world leaders, current events, the geography of each country, and even tells the time and weather in that area! Plus, if you travel, you can enter your from destination and your to destination and get flight times, currency exchange rates, and local facts! AND the globe is updatable via the internet so that it is always current!
This thing is, for lack of a better adjective, uber- cool!
- Compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows
- 36 learning activities (30 English games and 6 Mexican Spanish games)
- 3D bar-code technology
- Internet downloads target diverse age groups for age-appropriate learning (ages 5-8, 9-14, and 15 and up)
- USB connection for data updates via the Internet (USB cable included)
- Wireless and compact design
- High-quality, digital sound with built-in speaker (including age-appropriate sound effects for ages 5-8)
- Large internal memory (32MB Flash)
- Operates on 2-AAA batteries for the pen and 4-AA batteries in the base
- Touch N’ Tell, Comparison, and Find modes via the wireless stylus pen
- Domestic map included for more comprehensive exposure
- Includes flags from around the world
- Also includes a 29-page book covering world history, indigenous animals, dinosaurs, and more