Penguin (in the U.K.) has just released a book app aimed at babies as young as three-months that can be used to "bring to life the popular Ladybird series of books on the touch screen." Babies, I suppose will learn a little about cause and effect as they touch the screen to make new characters appear. I doubt that I would trust a $600 iPad in the hands of a six-month-old baby, however.
According to The Telegraph:
The app has been specifically designed for and tested on babies as young as three months so they are able to easily interact with the story on a touch screen device.
Simple taps of the screen make different characters appear, in lots of bold colours with sound effects.[...]
... the target age was from three to 12 months old and that babies as young as six months old would be able to operate the app without their parent’s help. The app also features an auto play tool – which allows parent to play the entire content of the app as a movie.While this application is being sold based upon its positive effects on babies, I do have to wonder about the wisdom of getting children this young addicted to the same gadgets that already seem permanently attached to their older brothers and sisters. With all of this electronic instant gratification being peddled, I'm starting to wonder if future generations will even be able to sit still long enough to read a long magazine or newspaper article, much less a whole book that is not embedded with pictures and sound effects.
What do you think? Is this Penguin application cool, clever, or just disturbing as all get out?