Zazoo Photo Clock teaches kids when to sleep

- July 10th, 2012

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“It’s Saturday! It’s 5AM! Don’t they know what time it is?” says Dad. “No honey,” says Mom. “They’re not old enough yet to tell time.” It becomes even more challenging when sunrise and sunset don’t always correspond to wake up and sleep times. Even a change in Daylight Saving Time can mess up a child’s sleep pattern.

Does all of this sound familiar?  For many, it does. So Michele Berman, mother of three, invented the ZAZOO Photo Clock for children who either get up too early or can’t sleep through the night.

I took the opportunity to review the unit and take it for a test drive. Now at first glance, it looks just like another electronic photo frame – well, it is and more.

It’s specially designed, even if your kids can’t yet read, tell time or have special needs, to help them learn the concept of time and visualize the time of day it is by the images it displays. This way, they’ll know whether it’s time to rise and shine or stay in bed, which can be particularly helpful, for example, on a summer’s Sunday, when the sun rises 3 hours before you want to.

Image Sets

The Zazoo Photo Clock has 2 built-in image sets, sleep and awake, which contain visual imagery that represents the night and day.  So that even if your children are able to tell time, seeing a sunrise signals to them it’s time to wake up and get out of bed and the moon infers its still time to sleep or stay in bed. When the alarm goes off, the image changes. So regardless as to whether the sun-up is at 5AM or 9AM, the Zazoo will guide them on what to do depending on how you set it.

Multifunction Digital Frame

Zazoo is more than just a sleep and awake learning tool as the name suggests. It’s actually a multifunction digital frame. It has a 7″ TFT LCD (480 x 234) display with a standard built-in alarm clock, which can also be programmed to use the image sets for naptime. If you’d like, for $0.99, you can also get a personalized image set, (they have a limited number of boy/girl names) to customize yours. Alternately you can upload your own images.

 

Audio/Video & More

It also has a calendar; a built-in mp3 player that also supports audio books, with 11 songs built right into memory as well as a slide viewer and video player. Children can listen through its built-in speaker or headphone jack.

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Sturdy Design

It’s made of sturdy plastic and it’s kid-proof so it would likely survive teeth marks and a few tumbles. It has a little built-in kickstand to prop it up, but no provision to easily hang it on a wall. Batteries are not an option. It runs on AC only, which was a bit of a surprise. This means that it’s always tethered to an electrical socket, so unless you have it attached to an extension cord, it’s not really practical for the kids to really pick it up and play with, although they could use the supplied full function remote control. (It’s not a touch-screen. There’s a control panel on the back.)

Another surprise, unless I couldn’t find it, is the lack of a lock down mechanism or password feature to keep the kids from upsetting the settings, especially the sleep and awake alarm functions, a main feature of this device.

You can add more photos (JPG, BMP), songs and videos through its built in card slot (SD/MMC/MS/XD) as well as mini USB and USB port that you can connect to your computer with the supplied cable or a USB flash drive.

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Bottom Line

The Zazoo Photo Clock is a nifty gadget that helps your children learn the concept of time and can also give you some sort of sanity and perhaps keep your kids in bed just a little longer, especially on a holiday or weekend.

For me, it also seems that if used routinely, it could help your kids develop proper sleeping patterns. For these reasons alone, it’s worth the price of admission.

According to the company, it’s not only useful for toddlers, but also great as a learning tool for people with special needs.

You might need to train the kids not to play with the settings but as they grow older they can take advantage of all its other functions and even learn to program it themselves adding longevity to its usefulness – unlike toys and clothes that they outgrow soon after you buy them.

The Zazoo is great for what it was designed to do, but it’s not a replacement for an iPad or tablet computer. The screen resolution, although easy to read and good enough for kids, is lower than to the iPhone and doesn’t run on batteries, but it can prepare your children and help them become more comfortable with using technology.

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ZAZOO Photo Clock, by ZAZOO Kids sells for only $89.95 U.S. and comes with 5 different bezel options: Blue Peace, Pink Peace, Numbers, Pink Stars and White.

If only you could train the cat to do the same thing, you’d be set for life! :)

 

Pros

-Low cost, Kid-friendly Learning Tool

-Multi function

-Durable

-Remote

 

Cons

-no settings lockdown

-no battery capability

-low resolution display

Rating: 4/5

photo credits: Zazoo Kids, Greg Gazin

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

Follow me on Twitter @gadgetgreg or Empire Avenue (e)GADGET1.

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1 comment

  1. silver price | July 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    To Buy… We love the motivation behind the ZAZOO Photo Clock – what parent doesn’t want more sleep? – and that the clock was designed with features like the photo gallery and music player to extend the appeal of the clock for years. The Photo Clock is very user-friendly, easy to use and the alarm images are simple for kids to understand. We love the modern look of the Clocks, too, which allow them to fit into a five year old’s room as easily as a 10 year old’s.

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