Amazon Glow makes it easier for kids to stay connected to relatives who live far away

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever been on a video call with a toddler or young child. Enough said, right? They’re all over the place. And trying to actually engage in meaningful time together or a conversation? Forget about it.

Enter the Amazon Glow. It’s a brand new Amazon smart gadget that was announced yesterday, and it promises to help bring families that are far apart closer together.

Amazon Glow, Interactive Projector + Video Calling, $249.99

Credit: Amazon

As you can see from the photo above, the Amazon Glow has standard video calling features like most smartphones and computers. Kids will still be able to see grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends (and vice versa).

What makes the Amazon Glow different, however, are all of its interactive features. Leveraging the power of projection, the Amazon Glow allows young people to play games, do puzzles, read, draw and more with the grown-ups in their lives. While your little one is working through a Tangram with actual pieces, the person on the camera can offer a little assistance by moving pieces virtually. Pretty cool, huh?

If you’re concerned about safety, rest assured Amazon thought about that, too. The Amazon Glow is equipped with parental controls that allow you to select approved contacts that can be called using the device, plus the ability to instantly disable the camera and microphone.

Whether you’re the parent trying to wrangle kids in front of the camera for a family video hang or you’re on the other end, you’re probably thinking the Amazon Glow is exactly what you need in your life. It’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon for $249.99, so sign up today and hopefully you’ll have it in time for the holidays.

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