Monday, October 18, 2021

myFirst Bone Conduction Wireless Headphones & Sketch Book Electronic Drawing Pad For Kids Review

With Lil Pumpkin finishing off her last few weeks in primary school after PSLE, and my dear niece, Lil J, starting her own journey there next year, we got some cool techy products from myFirst, an online kids store based in Singapore that aims to enrich a child's learning process by moulding experiences through fun and innovative gadgets and encouraging them to embrace the technological era, no matter toddler or teen. 

myFirst was founded by a team of super daddies who wanted to bridge the gap between technology and good ol' fashioned toys. As parents themselves, the creators saw a need for their kids to engage more with new and advanced technology as the developed. However, there was a lack of supply of toys in the market that would guarantee the safe use of technology in kids, hence they set up their own company in 2017. 

There is no doubt a wide array of tech products nowadays. But even if you simply want your kids to just draw and watch children videos on iPads or similar tablets made for adults, you still need to watch them closely and install parental control apps and software to ensure they don't do or see things they shouldn't. 

myFirst tech products for kids take away these worries by creating fuss-free, yet innovative kids-friendly products where children can grow up with technology safely introduced into their lives before they get in touch with the challenges of the adult tech world. 

When I heard that myFirst had a bone conduction {BC} wireless headphone for kids, I was very excited to get it for Lil Pumpkin.

Lil Pumpkin loves to listen to music whilst using her headphones. Although I chide her often, sometimes she gets lost in her own world and listens to them for too long and too loud... which I fear will lead to infection in her ear canal or hearing loss (ᵕ̣̣̣̣̣̣﹏ᵕ̣̣̣̣̣̣) 

I can't monitor her all the time obviously, so am glad that there's now a safer option - myFirst BC Wireless headphone for kids for kids aged 4 and above.

Bone conduction is not a new technology. They have been used for ages in the hearing aid industry, and I bought a bone conduction wireless headphone from AfterShokz for the boy a few years ago. They basically rest directly on the listener's cheekbones instead of over or inside the outer ear. Unlike traditional headphones and earbuds, the eardrum does not vibrate to pass the information to the cochlea {auditory inner ear}, which in turn converts the vibrations into neural signals to the brain for us to hear sounds. 

Instead, the vibrations from the bone conduction bee-lines for the cochlea. 

Due to the lack of ear canal and eardrum involvement, they are less likely to cause infection or damage to those areas. Of course, noise-induced hearing loss {NIHL}  can happen in the cochlea by loss of the tiny hairs that move and start the chemical process of your brain interpreting sound, so she must still have self-discipline and be very cautious with the loudness and length of which she uses even these headphones. 

Good thing that myFirst BC Wireless headphones has its audio set to an appropriate volume though, thus ensuring safe levels of listening for Lil Pumpkin.

The headphones work best in a quiet environment but are great for outdoor usage as well when she exercises or goes for walks in the park, as it has a high IPX6 water resistance rating, which means that it can resist rain and obviously her perspiration.

There is a little loss in audio quality outdoors as there isn't any kind of seal from external noise, but with the ears open to the surrounding sounds, the headphones allow Lil Pumpkin to be more aware of other pedestrians, passing cars and any other potential hazards which I reckon is very crucial for kids outdoors. 

The headphones fit her head nicely, and does not slip off even when she walks or jumps. 

She likes the soft rubber contact points which sit comfortably on her ears, and the lightness of the headphones which only weigh 26g. When not listening to music, she can just let the headphones sit around her neck as well. 

myFirst BC Wireless headphones is easy to connect to her mobile via bluetooth {15m range} and has a built-in microphone, so she can also use it for phone calls with friends and also during her Zoom online lessons. 

With school children having more and more Home-Based Learning {HBL} days, if you are looking for a comfortable set of headphones for kids to use during online lessons that won't give them ear fatigue, you should look into myFirst BC Wireless headphones.They comes in black or mint green with a battery life of about 5 hours.

Lil J loves to doodle and draw so I thought myFirst Sketch Book was perfect for her! 

It comes with the myFirst Sketch Book {335g}, a stylus pen, free leather case, pen tips set, micro-USB charging cable and user manual. 

myFirst Sketch Book has a 10" pressure-sensitive screen that gives a pen-on-paper experience, without the mess of crayons/markers or wastage of paper #gogreen

On the left there is a lock switch to prevent the drawing from being cleared from the screen, and below the screen there are 3 function buttons to instantly save the drawings to the device itself {built-in memory of up to a 1000 pages which you can retrieve on your own device via the Sketch Book app}, power on/off and clear the whole screen. 

Unfortunately, there is no erase or undo button for individual strokes, which I think they should add, otherwise the kids have to draw over or erase the whole screen and start over if they make a mistake.  

Unlike simpler and cheaper LCD drawing tablets that just allows kids to doodle on the screen with a stylus, the seamless connectivity to the myFirst Sketch Book app that's available for androids and Apple iOS products is a game-changer. 

You can live-sync the app with myFirst Sketch Book to show in real time what the kid is drawing on the physical device. In the app, the kid can adjust the font thickness, pens, tip size, and colour to create a different feel of writing and drawing.. and also easily share the digital art.  

One function I like is the ability for the app to record the drawing so that parents can save and play back drawings like an animation. Great for story-telling and creates opportunities for parents to talk to the kid more and find out why he/she drew that detail first, or why he/she coloured that part last. Maybe Lil J can also do a "Draw My Life" video project with this?

Apart from doodling or drawing, I think that myFirst Sketch Book would be useful for Lil J when she starts P1 and has to practise for her weekly spelling or 听写! You can imagine how much paper and money you can save using a digital device for this alone haha..  It's pretty light {335g} so my sis can bring it out anytime, anywhere for our little budding artist/ scholar as well.

My sis also highlighted that having a digital drawing pad is good for Lil J because she has sensitive skin and some crayons or paints could actually cause allergic reactions for her(;へ:)

So parents with kids who have eczema, take note of this. You can check out more information and purchase myFirst Sketch Book from the website here.

I hope that Lil J will like using it for a very long time o(^▽^)o



Anna and Klaudia said...

It looks interesting! :)

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Brook said...

Thanks for sharing it. Every little doodler starts with a doodle board. Without making a mess by using chalks or crayons. No more dust and chemical will harm your kids so it's 100% safe and healthy.