Disney have released their Dream Desk PC – a US$600 (€500) 2.6 gHz Celeron-based computer that comes complete with digital pen and suite of software. A 14” flat screen monitor with the characteristically round Mickey ears is a US$300 (€250)optional extra – but if you’re going to buy the PC, you have to have the ears too, right?
The striking blue computer was designed by Frog Design and made by Medion AG, a large German manufacturer. It even has a child-sized mouse for those little hands, and a unique cable management system to keep tempting electrical cables away from curious fingers.
To protect children, the PC comes with the EmailProtect and ContentProtect email and internet filtering applications. Plus on the entertainment side, the PC comes preloaded with several Disney games and tools for playing with Disney media (just play fair with the DMCA, kids!). A DVD player and CD writer is included for budding pirates.
This is Disney’s first attempt at a PC aimed at children. Bob Iger, Disney President said at the unveiling yesterday: “We’ve travelled a long way since that first Mickey writing tablet hit the market in 1929. At the core of Disney is our mission to entertain and enlighten audiences through products that spark the imagination. With the launch of the Disney Dream Desk, a computer designed with kids in mind, we’ve developed a tool box for children to unleash their imaginations and expand their minds.”