Recently joined TechHub members HappyBird, successfully launched a �digital backpack� to help solve back problems found in up to 50% of children in the UK as a result of carrying heavy schoolbags. The concept, which comprises of a tablet, Bluetooth pen, and carry case, weighs 94% less than the average schoolbag � found to weigh two stone � and provides students with access to millions of ebooks and apps to help improve learning performance. Available at a very affordable �69, the product was launched as part of its wider vision to enhance the learning experience of young people and provide greater accessibility to tablets.
Jackson Anni, HappyBird co-founder & Digital Strategist, tells us:
'With over a million apps available on Android and about 1000 new apps added everyday, the digital revolution is perhaps only 10% along the way. HappyBird improves both the health of school, college and university students in the UK, as well as their learning experience and performance.'
Following feedback from student and teacher pilot tests at some of the UK�s leading primary schools and universities, including the University of London, London School of Economics and Imperial College London, HappyBird is set to improve classroom learning experiences, as well as save some university students nearly 20 hours study time per week and up to �460 per year on the cost of textbooks.
The launch follows a series of claims made by the NHS that �back pain in secondary school age children has been linked to heavy schoolbags and backpacks�. Sean McDougall, a health expert at leading charity, BackCare, explains:
'Heavy backpacks are deforming children as growing numbers suffer irreversible back problems.'
HappyBird�s 8-inch tablet runs on Google�s Android operating system. Its Bluetooth pen also connects pen and paper to the tablet in real-time, allowing the user to annotate work and send messages to friends. Being recyclable means that if a user accidentally damages the tablet, they can send it to a local recycling bank where a tablet insurance voucher will be issued towards the cost of a replacement.
� AML8726-MXS Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 /1.5GHz
� Mali TM-400 GPU
� Android 4.1
� Built-in 1G Memory
� 8 Inch TFT, 1024�768 (WSVGA -screen)
� Front Camera 0.3MP; Back Camera 2.0MP
� 8GB; Support Micro SD Expansion (32GB)