You can use pretty much any tablet in the classroom if all you want is a tool to let kids look things up on the internet, watch videos, play educational games, or perform other basic tasks. But Intel is hoping its new Intel Education Tablet reference design stands out a bit thanks to support for accessories including a temperature sensor and magnification tool.
Not only can you use this tablet to look things up — you can use these tools to get a closer look at the world around you.
The tablet features a 10 inch display, an Intel Atom Z2520 processor, up to 12 hours of battery life, and Google Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software.
You can use your fingers or a stylus to interact with the tablet. It has a rugged case to protect it from the abuse of youngsters. And it has front and rear cameras.
The Intel Education Tablet’s most unusual features include the snap-on magnification tool which turns the camera into a magnifying glass and the temperature sensor which you can plug into the audio jack to measure temperatures while using educational apps.
Intel doesn’t typically build and sell tablets or notebooks (like the Classmate PC) itself. Instead the company offers reference designs and works with manufacturers to offer products based on those designs. So if your kid eventually ends up using the Education Tablet in class, it’ll probably have a different company’s name slapped on it.