VTech Smart Key User`s manual

Dear Parent,
At VTech®, we know that every year, children are asking to play video games
at younger and younger ages. At the same time, we understand the hesitation
of most parents to expose their children to the inappropriate content of many
popular video games. How can you feel confident in allowing your childen
to play these games, and still educate and entertain them in a healthy, ageappropriate manner?
Our solution to this on-going debate is the V.SMILETM TV Learning System
– a unique video game system created especially for children aged 3 to 8.
The V.SMILETM TV Learning System combines a kid-friendly design, age
appropriate curriculum, entertaining graphics, and fun game play into a unique
experience that your child will love and you can support. The V.SMILETM TV
Learning System engages your child with two modes of play: the Learning
Adventure - an exciting exploratory journey in which learning concepts are
seamlessly integrated, and the Learning Zone - a series of games designed to
focus on specific school skills in a fun, engaging way. Both of these educational
modes offer your child hours of learning fun.
As part of the V.SMILETM TV Learning System, VTech® offers a library of
game Smartridges™ based on popular children’s characters that engage and
encourage your child to play while learning. The library is organized into
three levels of educational play – Early Learners (ages 3-5), Junior Thinkers
(ages 4-6) and Master Minds (ages 6-8) – so that the educational content of
the system grows with your child.
At VTech®, we are proud to provide you with a much-needed solution to the
video game dilemma, as well as another innovative way for your child to learn
while having fun. We thank you for trusting VTech® with the important job of
helping your child explore a new world of learning!
Sincerely,
Your Friends at VTech®
To learn more about the V.SMILETM TV Learning System and other VTech®
toys, visit www.vtechkids.com
INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing the V.SMILE Smart Keyboard™!
INTRODUCTION/ INSTRUCTIONS
With the help of the V.SMILE™ TV Learning System, VTech® introduces
another addition to the V.SMILE™ family – Smart Keyboard! With its cool
design and kid-friendly layout, children will have fun learning valuable
typing skills in a computer environment. 14 engaging activities including
lessons, exciting video games and a quiz competition will keep kids wanting
to learn more! As children explore the Smart Keyboard’s cyber world, they
will navigate a search engine and even send simulated e-mails!
This Smart Keyboard connects directly to the V.SMILE™ TV Learning
System for fun, creative game play on your home TV!
V.SMILE Smart
Keyboard™
User’s Manual
Smartridge™
INSTRUCTIONS
INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE
One VTech® V.SMILE Smart Keyboard™
One VTech® V.SMILE Smart Keyboard Smartridge™
One User’s Manual
WARNING: All packing materials such as tape, plastic sheets, wire ties and tags are not part of
this toy and should be discarded for your child’s safety.
PRODUCT FEATURES
HELP Button
Connection Cable
Color Buttons
EXIT Key
EXIT Button
ABC Button
Typing Time Key
Player 1 Key
Symbol Key
HELP Key
Player 2 Key
ENTER Button
Adjustable
Leg
Storage
Compartment
Cable
Connect the V.SMILE Smart Keyboard™ cable to the PLAYER
1 slot on your V.SMILE™.
Color Buttons
You can use the Color Buttons to play select games.
EXIT Key/Button
When you press the EXIT Key/Button, the game will pause and the
icon will pop up to make sure you want to quit.
Press the Arrow Keys or move the Joystick left “ ” or right “ ” to
“YES” (leave the game) or “NO”(cancel the exit screen and keep
playing). Press the ENTER Key/Button to choose.
Typing Time Key
The Typing Time Key is a shortcut which takes you to the Typing
Time mode. When you press the Typing Time Key, the game
will pause and the
icon will pop up to make sure you
want to quit.
product features
Joystick
Press the Arrow Keys or move the Joystick left “ ” or right “ ” to
“YES” (leave the game) or “NO”(cancel the exit screen and keep
playing). Press the ENTER Key/Button to choose.
product features
Player 1 Key
You can use the Player 1 Key for head-to-head competition in
the Knowledge Area.
Help Key/Button
When you press the HELP Key/Button, you will hear some helpful
hints, or the instructions to the current game you are playing.
ENTER Button
You can press the ENTER Button to confirm your selection or
answer questions within a given game.
Joystick
You can use the 8-directional Joystick to select options and
play games.
ABC Button
The ABC Button is a shortcut which takes you to the Computer
Zone game selection screen.
When you press the ABC Button, the game will pause. The
icon will pop up to make sure you want to quit.
Press the Arrow Keys or move the Joystick left “ ” or right “ ” to
“YES” (leave the game) or “NO”(cancel the exit screen and keep
playing). Press the ENTER Key/Button to choose.
Player 2 Key
You can use the Player 2 Key for head-to-head competition in
the Knowledge Area.
Symbol Key
When you press the Symbol Key, a symbol table will be shown
on screen that allows you to select special characters.
Adjustable Legs
You can use the adjustable legs to angle the keyboard at a
comfortable position.
Storage
Compartment
When finished playing, you can store the connection cable in the
storage compartment.
Getting Started
CONNECTING THE V.SMILE Smart Keyboard™ TO
V.SMILE™
Insert the bundled Smartridge™ into the Smartridge slot on the front of
the V.Smile™. Connect the V.SMILE Smart Keyboard™ cable to the
PLAYER 1 slot on your V.SMILE™ as illustrated.
getting started
Note: Before you connect the V.SMILE Smart Keyboard™ to V.SMILE™,
please check and make sure that the V.SMILE ™ is working. Once
you turn the unit ON, the power indicator light (ON Button) will glow.
If the ON Button does not glow, check if the adaptor or connector is
correctly connected. If the batteries are not installed correctly, the
V.SMILE™ TV Learning System will not function and it causes
damage to the unit. Make sure to turn the TV and the unit OFF
before you begin making connections. Please refer to V.Smile™
TV Learning System User’s Manual if necessary.
CONNECTING V.SMILE™ TO A TV
Please refer to V.SMILE™ user’s manual.
Connecting V.SMILE™ to a VCR
Please refer to V.SMILE™ user’s manual.
TO BEGIN PLAY
INTRODUCTION
One day, V.Pal tells Jack and Ashley that viruses have invaded their
computer! The viruses are freezing data, locking doors and making life
miserable for the computer’s friendly villagers, called Digizens. Jack and
Ashley must get rid of the viruses and restore order to CompuCity.
With the help of their Smart Keyboard, Jack and Ashley must use their
language, math, and typing skills to solve the Digizens’ problems and catch
the viruses. They also need to build a Super Aircraft that will help them
defeat the Virus King. If they succeed, CompuCity will be saved!
getting started
STEP 1: Choose Your Play Mode
Press the Arrow Keys or move the Joystick up and down to highlight the
play mode you want. Press the ENTER Key/Button when you have made
your selection.
1. Computer Zone
In this play mode, you can learn how to type, practice spelling with V.Pal,
and experience a “pseudo–Internet” that shows you how to reply to
simulated e-mails and search for information.
2. Cyber Adventure
This play mode takes you on a learning adventure, where you will use your
school skills and fast fingers to play games and solve problems.
Play through the story line by entering Adventure Play or practice your
skills on individual games by selecting them in the Quick Play menu.
Note: For the Computer Zone and Cyber Adventure modes, when you
turn the unit OFF, V.Smile™ remembers your place in the games.
If you turn the unit back ON without inserting a new Smartidge™
you will see the screen below.
Adventure Play – In this mode, you can play
through all the games in the adventure, and
help the Digizens defeat all the viruses.
Quick Play – In this mode, you can play a
quick game of your choice without having to
play through the whole story.
Choose this to keep playing the game you
started. Your old game settings will be
kept.
3. Knowledge Area
In this play mode, you will enter a fun quiz competition with four learning
categories to choose from: Language, Computer, Science and mixed
knowledge.
4. Options
GETTING STARTED
Choose this to start a new game from the
beginning.
You can select different game options from this menu. Please refer to the
“Options” section.
STEP 2: Choose Your Game Settings
1. Follow the voice instructions to choose
your game settings.
2. Press the Arrow Keys or move the
Joystick left and right to scroll between
different settings.
3. If you are happy with your settings, use
the Arrow Keys or Joystick to move the
cursor to the OK icon and press ENTER
when you are done.
The Computer Zone, Cyber Adventure and Knowledge Area modes each
have their own settings. To change the settings:
• For Computer Zone and Cyber Adventure, select “New Game”.
• For Knowledge Area, go back to the Knowledge Area Menu.
STEP 3: Start Your Game
GETTING STARTED
• For Computer Zone, please go to the “Activities – Computer Zone”
section.
• For Cyber Adventure, please go to the “Activities – Cyber Adventure”
section.
• For Knowledge Area, please go to the “Activities – Knowledge Area”
section.
ACTIVITIES
Educational Curriculum
Computer Zone
Game 1 – Typing Time Typing Skills
Game 2 – V.Mail E-mail Operation Game 3 – Knowledge Explorer Vocabulary
Game 4 – E-Learning Spelling, Music
Game 5 – Personal Settings Creativity
Cyber Adventure
Game 1 – Data Freeze Spelling
Game 2 – Password Beginning Letter
Game 3 – Writing Letter Typing Skills
Game 4 – Guess and Catch Beginning Letter, Spelling
Mini-Game 1 – Type Them Out Typing
Mini-Game 2 – Chess Mini-Game 3 – Sum Them Up
Mini-Game 4 – Final Adventure
Shape, Strategy, Logic Skills
Calculation
Strategy, Typing Skills
Knowledge Area
Language
Observation, Comprehension, Antonym, Synonym, Decode Sounds, Single & Plural, Possessives
Computer Computer Component, Typing Skills, Internet
Science Astronomy, Animals, Ecology, Electricity, Human Body
Computer Zone
Basic Operations
ENTER
Move the cursor to the left
Move the cursor to the right
Move the cursor upward
Move the cursor downward
Select the activity
When you first come to this zone, you can type in your name and create an
image for yourself (including face shape, hair style and facial expression).
This name and image will always appear on the screen.
Type in your name
Choose one you like
ACTIVITIES
Computer Zone Login Screen
Computer Zone Game Selection Screen
The Computer Zone play mode features five different learning games.
Press the Arrow Keys or move the Joystick up and down to highlight a
game, and press the ENTER Key/Button to make your choice.
Typing Time
V.Mail
Knowledge Explorer
E-Learning
Personal Settings
GAME 1 – Typing Time
Game Play
This game will teach you how to type through step-by-step lessons and
a fun game. There are 6 lessons in this section. Each lesson has its own
focus:
•Lesson 1: guide keys (a, s, d, f, j, k, l, ;) and Spacebar
•Lesson 2: q, z, p, w, x, o
•Lesson 3: e, c, i, r, v, u, m
•Lesson 4: t, g, b, y, h, n
•Lesson 5: 0 – 9
•Lesson 6: Shift, Caps Lock
ACTIVITIES
For each lesson, you will learn the correct finger position for each key
first. Then you will try a short exercise. Finally, you can play a quiz game
to test your performance.
Educational Curriculum
Typing Skills
• Beginner Typist Level: In the Quiz, the keys you need to press will be
near each other.
• Master Typist Level: In the Quiz, the letter keys you need to press
may not be near each other.
GAME 2 – V.Mail
Game Play
In this simulated e-mail game, you will receive
V.Mails from your computer friends. You will
learn how to send V.Mail, and even attach a
picture for your computer friends to enjoy!
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Educational Curriculum
E-mail Operation
GAME 3 – Knowledge Explorer
Game Play
In this simulated search engine game, you
can learn about the unique characteristics
of objects and animals. Type in a keyword
to search for the object or animal you would
like to learn about.
You may download the picture to your own
album and send it in a V.Mail to your computer
friends.
Educational Curriculum
Vocabulary
Game Play
Spelling:
In this game, V.Pal will help you with your spelling. After V.Pal gives you
a word, use the microphone to spell the words aloud.
Sing Along:
You can also use the microphone to sing along to popular songs! The
song lyrics will appear on the screen.
ACTIVITIES
GAME 4 – E-Learning
Educational Curriculum
Spelling, Music
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GAME 5 – Personal Settings
Game Play
After helping your computer friends search for
pictures, they will give you accessories that
you can add to your character image.
Educational Curriculum
Creativity
Cyber Adventure
ACTIVITIES
Basic Operations
ENTER
Spacebar
Walk to the left
Walk to the right
Walk upward
Walk downward
Catch the virus
Chat with the Digizen
The Cyber Adventure play mode has four different levels. You will play
four task games and four mini games.
Virus
Digizen
Dialogue Box
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Life Status
Energy Status
Life StatusThis shows Jack/Ashley’s life level in the current game.
Energy StatusThis shows Jack/Ashley’s energy level in the
current game.
VirusesPress the ENTER Key/Button to catch them.
DigizensPress the Spacebar to chat and help them solve
problems.
EnergyCollect twenty to upgrade a level.
Dialogue BoxDisplays dialogue between Jack/Ashley and the Digizens.
GAME 1 – Data Freeze
Game Play
ACTIVITIES
LifeCollect to gain extra life.
Due to the viruses, some Digizens’ tools and
items are frozen. You have to type the correct
letters in order to unfreeze the objects.
Educational Curriculum
Spelling
• Easy Level: Learn elementary words. Learn how to spell and pronounce these words.
• Difficult Level: Learn more advanced words. Learn how to spell and pronounce these words.
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GAME 2 – Password
Game Play
The viruses have gone through CompuCity
and locked the Digizens’ doors. You have to
solve the passwords by typing in the correct
letters to unlock the doors.
Educational Curriculum
Beginning Letters
• Easy Level: Understand basic words and recognize their first letter.
Each round has 2 missing letters.
• Difficult Level: Understand more advanced words and recognize their
first letter. Each round has 5 missing letters.
GAME 3 – Writing Letter
ACTIVITIES
Game Play
The viruses have gone through the Digizens’
V.Mails and erased some of their letters! Help
Jack/Ashley re-type the letters.
Educational Curriculum
Typing Skills
• Easy Level: Type the missing word in
the letter.
• Difficult Level: Type the missing content in the letter.
GAME 4 – Guess and Catch
Game Play
Those pesky viruses have taken some of
the Digizens’ items and locked them in the
machine. Type in the missing letters to unlock
the object. Then play the catcher game to get
the object back!
Educational Curriculum
Beginning Letter, Spelling
• Easy Level: You have 9 chances to guess the first letter.
• Difficult Level: You have 6 chances to guess the missing letters.
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Mini Game 1 – Type Them Out
Game Play
Viruses are moving around in the corridor.
Try your best to clear the path by typing the
letters on their heads. You had better hurry!
The viruses are multiplying!
Educational Curriculum
Typing
• Easy Level: Less viruses moving around.
• Difficult Level: More viruses moving around.
Mini Game 2 – Chess
You are now in control of four Digizens. Try to
beat the viruses at a game of Cyber Chess.
The first team to get twenty points wins.
Educational Curriculum
Shape, Strategy
• Easy Level: Opponent is a novice
player.
ACTIVITIES
Game Play
• Difficult Level: Opponent is a more advanced player.
Mini Game 3 – Sum Them Up
Game Play
Viruses are grouping together and blocking
the way. Try your best to clear the path by
summing them up. You had better hurry! The
viruses keep multiplying!
Educational Curriculum
Math
• Easy Level: Viruses have single-digit numbers.
• Difficult Level: Viruses have double-digit numbers.
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Mini Game 4 –Final Adventure
Game Play
In the final adventure, you will have to use your
quick typing skills to defeat the Virus King. Use
your Super Aircraft to clear the number blocks
and gather energy.
Educational Curriculum
Strategy, Typing Skills
• Easy Level: Most of the squares are color blocks.
• Difficult Level: Most of the squares are number blocks.
Knowledge Area
ACTIVITIES
Basic Operations
Player Keys
Press to be the first to answer
Color Buttons
Press to answer the question
Knowledge Area Selection Screen
The Knowledge Area play mode has 4 categories for you to choose from.
Press the Arrow Keys or use the Joystick to highlight a category. Press
the ENTER Key/Button to make your choice.
Choose
either one
topic or
choose a
mixed one.
Educational Curriculum
Language, Science, Computers
• Easy Level: Basic knowledge questions.
• Difficult Level: More advanced questions.
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Options Menu
Choose “Unlimited Life”
to have an unlimited
number of chances to
play the games in the
Cyber Adventure.
Choose OK to save the
current settings.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
1. Keep your V.SMILE Smart Keyboard™ clean by wiping it with slightly
damp cloth. Never use solvents or abrasives.
2. Keep it out of direct sunlight and away from direct sources of heat.
3. Always keep the V.SMILE Smart Keyboard™ away from water
4. Avoid dropping it. Never try to dismantle it.
WARNING
A very small percentage of the public, due to an existing condition, may
experience epileptic seizures or momentary loss of consciousness when
viewing certain types of flashing colors or patterns, especially on television.
While the V.SMILE™ TV Learning System does not contribute to any
additional risks, we do recommend that parents supervise their children
while they play video games. If your child experiences dizziness, altered
vision, disorientation, or convulsions, discontinue use immediately and
consult your physician.
Please note that focusing on a television screen at close range and
handling a joystick or keyboard for a prolonged period of time may cause
fatigue or discomfort. We recommend that children take a 15 minute break
for every hour of play.
ACTIVITIES / CARE AND MAINTENANCE / warning
To turn the background
music on or off, press the
Arrow Keys or move the
Joystick left or right to
highlight your choice, and
then press the ENTER
Key/Button to make your
choice.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Problem
Possible Reason
troubleshooting
The V.SMILE™ 1. Incorrect or missing
power connection
power light does
not come on when
the ON Button is
pressed.
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Solution
1.
Check if the new batteries are
correctly installed, or an AC/DC
adaptor (9V 300mA, centerposition) is properly connected to
the V.SMILE™.
2. Program needs to
be reset
2.1 Disconnect all power supplies
(batteries and adaptor), then
reconnect power supplies.
2.2 Press the Reset Button located on
the bottom of the main unit, using a
ballpoint pen.
The V.SMILE™
power light is
ON, but there is
no picture on the
screen.
1. Incorrect TV
connection
1.
Make sure that the yellow plug of
the main unit is connected to the
video IN terminal (usually yellow)
of the TV.
2. Incorrect TV mode
selected
2.
Make sure that the TV is set to
“video” mode. Some TVs have
several video inputs and please
make sure you have selected the
video input that matches the video
port connected to the V.SMILE™
unit.
The V.SMILE™
power light is
ON, but there
is no picture (or
incorrect picture)
on the TV, and
pressing the OFF
Button has no
response.
1. Program needs to
be reset
1.1 Remove the SMARTRIDGE™ and
then re-insert it.
1.2 Disconnect all power supplies
(batteries and adaptor), and then
reconnect power supplies.
1.
Make sure the TV is set to the
correct TV system. (E.g. NTSC or
auto)
2. Cable connection
problem
2.
Make sure that the video cable is
firmly connected to the video input
of the TV.
There is a picture 1. TV setting
on the TV, but no
sound.
2. Cable connection
1.
Raise the volume of the TV, and
make sure it is not set to “Mute”.
2.
Make sure that the white and/or red
plug is firmly connected to the audio
input of the TV.
problem
The V.SMILE
Smart
Keyboard™
does not work.
1. Improper V.SMILE
1.
Smart Keyboard™
connection
Make sure that the V.SMILE Smart
Keyboard™ is firmly connected to
the PLAYER 1 Port.
2. V.SMILE Smart
Keyboard™ was
reconnected after
program start
Turn the V.SMILE™ unit OFF and
then ON again.
2.
tEcHnIcAL SuPPort
If you have a problem that cannot be solved by using this manual, we
encourage you to visit us online or contact our Consumer Services
Department with any problems and/or suggestions that you might have.
A support representative will be happy to assist you. Before requesting
support, please be ready to provide or include the information below:
• The name of your product or model number (the model number is typically
located on the back or bottom of your product).
• The actual problem you are experiencing.
• The actions you took right before the problem occurred.
Internet : www.vtechkids.com
Phone : 1-800-521-2010 in the U.S. or 1-877-352-8697 in Canada
troubleshooting / tEcHnIcAL SuPPort
The TV picture is 1. Non-matching color
system
black and white.
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OTHER INFORMATION
DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C. and its suppliers assume
no responsibility for any damage or loss resulting from the use of this
handbook. VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C. and its suppliers
assume no responsibility for any loss or claims by third parties that may
arise through the use of this software. VTech® Electronics North America,
L.L.C. and its suppliers assume no responsibility for any damage or loss
caused by deletion of data as a result of malfunction, dead battery, or
repairs. Be sure to make backup copies of important data on other media
to protect against data loss.
other information
COMPANY: VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C.
ADDRESS: 1155 West Dundee Rd, Suite 130, Arlington Heights, LL
60004 USA
TEL NO.:
1-800-521-2010 in the U.S. or 1-877-352-8697 in Canada
NOTE:
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for
a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These
limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Caution:
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Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate
the equipment.
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