Apple To Develop Computer for Kids with Japan’s Top Toy Maker
TOKYO (AP) _ Bandai Co., Japan’s largest toy maker, said Thursday it has reached agreement with Apple Computer Inc. to develop a multimedia computer for children.
The machine, to be equipped with a CD-ROM drive, will be an introductory model on which children can use educational programs and play games while learning how to use computers, said Akiko Tagami, a Bandai spokeswoman.
Tagami refused to discuss details, including machine specifications, price and software, which she said will be announced next month.
The Japan Industrial Journal said the new machine will be designed around a 32-bit RISC microchip, which has a simpler design than conventional chips, allowing the machine to process information more efficiently.
The price would be around 50,000 yen, or $500, it said.
Because Macintosh’s operating system will be adopted, users will be able to run Macintosh-compatible CD-ROM discs on Bandai machines, the journal said.
In September, Bandai introduced a CD-ROM game machine for children under 10 years of age.