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Amazon’s kid-centric Glow video calling device is now widely available in the US

Last year, Amazon unveiled one of the most original products we’ve seen, the kid-focused Glow that performs video calls and projects a tactile play space onto a flat surface. Now the company has announcement that the Glow is available to all customers in the United States, with a one-year subscription for books, visual arts activities, game options and more.

The Amazon Glow combines an 8-inch LCD teleconferencing screen with a projector that creates a 19-inch touch interactive space. Parents and others can connect to the device through the Glow mobile app which allows them to talk with children and interact with the projected play space remotely. In the original announcement video, for example, Amazon shows kids doing puzzles, drawing and playing reading games, while parents and grandparents can see what the kids are seeing.

“We know that a majority of parents say it’s hard for their kids to stay engaged in traditional video calling and, let’s be honest, stay in one place,” said Joerg Tewes, CEO of Glow. “For parents who are miles or minutes away from home for work, Glow offers a new way to say hello or goodnight to keep those important relationships strong.”

The device comes with “nearly 100 games and visual arts activities” through Amazon Kids+, Amazon said. These include Chess, Checkers, go Fish, Whac-A-Mole and others. It also includes thousands of books, different play options (remote or side-by-side), the ability to interact with Disney characters (Anna and Elsa, Woody and Buzz, etc.) and more. Parents, friends and others can use the Glow app on their existing Android and iOS smartphones/tablets or Fire HD 10 2021 tablets.

Glow looks like a pretty cool product, but it’s not exactly cheap. You can now remove one from Amazon, BestBuy.com, and Target.com from $300, with mat and mat case plus 1-year Amazon Kids+ membership included. It is also available with a Fire HD 10 tablet for $380.

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