Mattel’s IM-ME: Save IM for children

February 19, 2007 by poeloq | 4 Comments
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Mattel, the company especially know for Barbie dolls and Matchbox / Hotwheels cars and also the distribution of the original Nintendo NES, has come up with something to protect the tech savvy and chat hungry daughters of this world: the IM-ME.

The IM-ME is a little handheld chatbox which allows children to chat wirelessly via the network using the supplied USB dongle that is connected to a parent’s computer. Protection is established by only allowing the child to chat with people who have been added into the address book on the parental computer.

I’m not going to go into telling you how I would teach my child to use the Internet sensibly (slightly different to Mattel’s approach, I can tell you), but essentially this seems quite a good idea for concerned parents.

I don’t know what IM protocol Mattel is using, but I presume it will be a new proprietary system – meaning that both parties will need a Mattel device, which will cost $64.99 a piece.

[via Ubergizmo]

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4 Comments so far

  1. dan on November 4, 2007 20:37

    great product! my doughter uses it all the time! it’s great because she can talk who I chose, and I can read all her previous sessions. Great for whats it’s worth-only negative is that she can’t take it in the car unless we have the computer.

  2. Morgyn on December 5, 2007 20:52

    Does it cost anything to chat with friends? What store can you get IM-me at?

  3. Morgyn on December 5, 2007 20:52

    What is a session?

  4. sarah on September 2, 2008 19:05

    it looks good (im 12) and a session is a conversation, how far is the range?

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