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Alexandra Man writes for No Camels.
Don’t want to hear from your kids for an hour or two? Many parents will
place their in front of the TV, just to be overcome with parental guilt
afterwards. That is exactly why Danny Van Buren and his wife Rachel
created Jumboard, a four-buttoned keyboard that “sits” on your existing
laptop keyboard and allows toddlers to play games that helps their
development while keeping them entertained.
As toddlers don’t yet
possess the abilities needed to use a keyboard and mouse, the Jumboard
keyboard comes with software that makes the computer interface more
baby-friendly. Jumboard aims to simplify the use of computers for
babies, toddlers, but also people with accessibility challenges.
is designed to fit various levels for toddlers between the ages of 1 to
4. The games will include learning and fun experience, such as puzzles,
memory games, peek-a-boo games etc” Van Buren told NoCamels. Since the
Jumboard keyboard sits on top of the laptop keyboard, or in front of the
screen of your PC, the baby operates Van Buren says babies maneuver the
jumbo keys very intuitively.
The software is based on open-source code and enables babies to log onto
the Jumboard website. The site contains many different games that
develop cognitive and technological skills in an educational environment
over the Internet.
“Jumboard interacts with the computer via USB directly on the website,
with no installation required. The keyboard can also be used on your
standard keyboard without USB at all (part of our patent pending
invention)” adds Van Buren. The Israeli company focuses on the toddler
audience, but will develop a version for grownups with disabilities in
The keyboard is not yet for sale, but will soon be available in toy
stores and on Jumboard’s website. The keyboard will be sold with a basic
package of games with more games to be available for purchase online.
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