"PBS Kids streaming stick looks like a toy, plays games and videos"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
PBS Kids streaming stick looks like a toy, plays games and videos
PBS Kids has a new gadget that both kids and parents can appreciate.
It's called Plugin Play and it comes with a remote control and looks like a little car except this car plugs into your HMI jack and your kid will use the remote to play a games and watch videos on the screen.
The version seen here is a green race car with a matching remote.
But, PBS says, other car styles and colors will be available.
Yes, the wheels actually work, and kids can roll it around.
But the plug and play will spend most of it's time tucked behind your TV.
The package includes a cable extender for tight fits.
The clicker is super simple and sized for a child's hand, and since it uses bluetooth, it doesn't have to be aimed at the TV.
Kids we gave it to, had no problem figuring out the menu.
I like it.
Which is designed to be fun and simple.
A big wheel let's them play a variety of games and custom designed apps, all preloaded onto the stick so they can be played offline where there's no wi-fi.
Roadtrip Adventure is a cooperative board game kids and family members can play together on a tv.
Rail Riders is a procedurally generated train ride scavenger hunt with dynamic scenery.
Sound box lets kids play composer with a basic music maker, while Sing-a-long features favorite songs from PBS Kids shows.
Although there's no mics so it's not quite karaoke style.
Connect the stick to Wi-Fi and it works just like a Roku, Amazon Fire, or other streamer to serve up the same full episodes and clips of PBS Kids On Demand shows, from Daniel Tiger to Odd Squad.
Exclusive to Plug-N-Play is also a live tv feed of PBS Kids 24/7 channel, just in case they've watched all those videos already.
Although there's no app store and it can't play phone or tablet apps, PBS has plug and play and will add more updates over time.
Its 50 bucks and comes to Walmart May 24th, with other retailers coming in September.
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