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User’s Manual
Dear Parent,
At VTech® , we know how important reading is for your child’s development.
We want to introduce children to reading in a dynamic, engaging way
that will make them readers for life. That’s why we created V.Reader® ,
where reading comes alive with animated storytelling!
In these animated books, stories come to life through colorful scenes, voices,
sounds and music. V.Reader® creates a magical world that keeps children
interested in the story while they learn letters, words, comprehension,
and more!
Watching their favorite characters in fun-loving stories engages children
in play, as they gain the tools to grow from a pre-reader into a fluent and
confident reader. As their reading skills grow, their self-esteem grows, and
their appetite for reading will, too!
With a USB connection to a computer, you can even track your child’s
reading progress, and download and print awards for each completed story.
At VTech®, we are dedicated to helping kids discover the magic of reading.
We thank you for trusting VTech® with the job of helping your child
learn and grow!
Sincerely,
Your friends at VTech®
To learn more about V.Reader® and other VTech® toys, visit
www.vtechkids.com
CONTENTS
Introduction ..................................................................
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Included in This Package ......................................................
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Product Features ....................................................... 2
Getting Started ...........................................................
Battery Installation .................................................................
Battery Notice ........................................................................
AC Adaptor ............................................................................
Standard Guidelines for Adaptor Toys......................................
How to Play ...........................................................................
• STEP 1: Turn the V.Reader® On .............................................
• STEP 2: Personalize Your V.Reader® ......................................
• STEP 3: System Menu ............................................................
• STEP 4: Insert a Storybook Cartridge ........................................
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Activities ...........................................................................
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• Story Dictionary ...................................................................... 10
• Watch the Story ......................................................................
• Reading Games ......................................................................
Using the V.Reader® Touch Screen ...................................... 11
Cleaning the V.Reader® Touch Screen ................................. 11
Inserting an SD Card ............................................................. 11
Connecting to a Computer ..................................................... 12
VTech® Kidizoom® Photos and Videos .................................. 13
Computer Requirements ........................................................ 13
CARE & MAINTENANCE ................................................... 14
TROUBLESHOOTING ........................................................ 15
TECHNICAL SUPPORT ..................................................... 16
Copyright Notices .................................................................. 16
Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability ..................................... 16
INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing the VTech® V.Reader ® Interactive E-Reading System!
V.Reader ® is an animated storyteller that brings books to life in a durable,
touch screen reading system for 3 - 7 year olds. With V.Reader ®, your child will
discover the joy of reading while watching well-loved characters and stories in
vivid animations.
V.Reader®
(including V.Reader® pen)
USB Cable
User’s Manual
Included in This Package
• One VTech® V.Reader ® Interactive E-Reading System (including
V.Reader ® pen)
• One USB Cable
• One User’s Manual
WARNING:
All packing materials, such as tape, plastic sheets, packaging locks,
wire ties, and tags are not part of this toy, and should be discarded
for your child’s safety.
Note: Please keep the user’s manual as it contains important information.
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PRODUCT FEATURES
USB Port
Headphone Jack
Adaptor Jack
ON / OFF Button
Volume Buttons
Brightness Button
Touch Screen
Cover
V.Reader® Pen &
Pen Holder
FEATURES
ACTION
On / Off Button
Press and hold this button to turn the unit on or off.
Always do this before removing a cartridge.
Volume Buttons
Press “+” or “-” to adjust the sound volume. You can
set the volume to the lowest setting to mute the sound
entirely.
Brightness Button
Press this button to adjust the screen brightness.
Touch Screen
Touch the screen with your finger or with the V.Reader ®
pen to play.
USB Port
Plug the included USB cable into this USB port to
connect to your computer. Please see pages 12 & 13
for more information.
Headphone Jack
Use this to connect headphones.
Adaptor Jack
Use this to connect an adaptor.
Pen & Pen Holder
Always replace the V.Reader ® pen into the pen
holder after use.
Cover
Use this to protect V.Reader ®.
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BUTTON
FUNCTION
Exit Exit to the previous menu.
Replay
Repeat the story narration of the current page
in Watch the Story, or repeat the question in
Reading Games.
Play/Pause
Play or pause the story narration in Watch the
Story.
Bookmark / Index
Save a bookmark for the current page in Watch
the Story. Or go to the index page (available in
select titles) to choose a page to begin Watch
the Story.
Help
Replay instructions, or ask for a hint in Reading
Games.
Previous
Page Arrow
Turn to the previous page.
Next
Page Arrow
Turn to the next page.
NOTE: The story pages can also be turned by flicking the touch screen.
QWERTY KEYPAD
Press the keys to type in your user name, write a welcome message, or enter
answers for some reading game questions.
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Storybook
Cartridge Slot
SD Card Cover
and Slot
Battery
Compartment
Battery Cover
FEATURES
FUNCTION
Storybook Cartridge Slot Insert a V.Reader ® storybook cartridge (sold separately)
into the slot to read and play.
SD Card Cover and Slot Insert an SD card (not included). Please see pages 11
&12 for more information.
Battery Compartment
Insert 4 “AA” batteries (not included). For battery
installation instructions, please see the next section.
GETTING STARTED
Battery Installation
• Make sure the unit is turned off.
• Locate the battery cover on the back of the unit and
remove it as shown in image 1.
• Insert 4 “AA” batteries as shown in image 2.
• Make sure to replace the battery cover.
Battery Notice
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• The use of new alkaline batteries is recommended for maximum
performance.
• Non-rechargeable batteries are not to be recharged.
• Rechargeable batteries are to be removed from the toy before being charged
(if removable).
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• Rechargeable batteries are only to be charged under adult supervision
(if removable).
• Do not mix old and new batteries.
• Do not mix batteries of different types: alkaline, standard (carbon-zinc), or
rechargeable (Ni-MH).
• Only batteries of the same or equivalent type as recommended are to be used.
• Batteries are to be inserted with the correct polarity.
• Exhausted batteries are to be removed from the toy.
• The supply terminals are not to be short-circuited.
• The toy is not to be connected to more than the recommended number of power
supplies.
• Do not use fire to dispose of batteries.
NOTE: When the V.Reader ® is running on batteries,
you may see this icon appear on the screen
. This indicates that battery power is
low, and you should replace the batteries
soon. Battery time remaining once the
icon first appears is approximately 10-30
minutes, depending on the type of batteries
in use. After that, the V.Reader ® will show the screen for 5 seconds, and
then will turn off automatically.
To preserve battery life, the V.Reader ® will automatically turn off after
several minutes without input.The V.Reader ® can be turned on again by
pressing the ON/OFF button.
AC Adaptor
DC7.5V
400mA
• Use a standard AC/DC
adaptor. We recommend the
DC9.0V
300mA
use of a VTech® 9V AC/DC adaptor.
• Make sure the unit is turned off.
• Plug the adaptor into the Adaptor Jack on the top of the V.Reader ®.
• Plug the adaptor into a wall socket.
NOTE: The use of an adaptor will override the batteries. When the toy is not going
to be in use for an extended period of time, unplug the adaptor.
Standard Guidelines for Adaptor Toys
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The toy is not intended for use by children under 3 years old.
Only use the recommended adaptor with the toy.
The transformer is not a toy.
Never clean a plugged-in toy with liquid.
Never use more than one adaptor.
Do not leave the toy plugged in for extended periods of time.
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How to Play
STEP 1: Turn the V.Reader ® On
Turn the V.Reader ® on by holding down the ON/OFF button for a few seconds.
STEP 2: Personalize Your V.Reader ®
The first time you power on the V.Reader ®, you will see My Name and My Avatar
screens. These allow you to personalize your V.Reader ® by adding your name
and a picture for your avatar. Use the keyboard to type in your name, and touch
the green checkmark when you’re done. Use the blue arrows to scroll through
the avatar choices, and touch one to choose. Touch the green checkmark when
you’re done.
STEP 3: System Menu
In the System Menu, there are two tabs - BOOKSHELF and PLAYROOM.
BOOKSHELF:
Storybook Cartridge
If a V.Reader ® storybook cartridge (sold separately) has been inserted properly,
you will see it displayed as a book icon in the BOOKSHELF menu. Touch the
book icon to read the story and play Reading Games.
Backpack
Touch the Backpack icon to see what you have saved on your V.Reader ®. The
stored items will be listed on the screen. Please see page 12 for details on how
to download items to your V.Reader ®.
Writing
Use the writing activity to practice writing letters, words, and numbers by tracing
the letter strokes onscreen. It is recommended to use the V.Reader ® pen for this
activity for best performance.
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Certificates
Touch the Certificates icon to see any certificates earned by reading storybooks
or playing Reading Games.
Setup
Touch the Setup icon to change your personal information, including name, avatar,
welcome message, and music on/off.
My Name: Type in your name.
My Avatar: Choose an avatar.
Welcome Message: Type in a welcome message.
Music ON/OFF: Touch to turn the music on or off.
PLAYROOM:
What’s That Noise: Touch this book icon to read the built-in storybook, “What’s
That Noise?”, and play Reading Games.
Coloring Book: Touch the Coloring Book icon to play the fill color game.
Art Studio: Touch the Art Studio icon to draw a picture, or edit a picture that you
have saved.
Photo Album: Touch the Photo Album icon to view any photos or videos that you
have saved to your V.Reader ®.
NOTE: The files saved in the Coloring Book and Art Studio activities can be
saved or deleted while your V.Reader ® is connected to Learning Lodge NavigatorTM
via a computer. For more information, please refer to the section “Connecting to
a Computer” on Page 12.
STEP 4: Insert a Storybook Cartridge
Make sure the unit is turned off. Insert a V.Reader ® storybook cartridge firmly down
into the cartridge slot located on the back of the unit and push until it clicks into
place. See image 3 below for reference.
NOTE: The V.Reader ® storybook cartridges are sold separately.
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ACTIVITIES
Once you have entered the built-in storybook
by selecting the book icon in the PLAYROOM
tab, there are three ways to play: Watch the
Story, Reading Games, and Story Dictionary.
Touch an icon to choose.
Watch the Story: Read or listen to the whole
story while watching the animations.
Reading Games: Play 8 story-related reading games.
Story Dictionary: Learn the definitions of vocabulary words in the story.
Settings: Touch the Settings icon to turn the background music and vocabulary
highlight feature on or off.
Watch the Story
There are two ways to start Watch the Story.
You can choose a story page to start reading
the story on any page you choose, or touch
Bookmark to go right to your bookmarked
page. If you have not saved a bookmarked
page, the Bookmark icon will not be active. You
can also touch How to Play to learn more about
the operation in Watch the Story.
to pause the story narration.
You can press
To continue the story narration, press
again. Touch anywhere on the screen to
interrupt the story narration and enter Free
Play. When the story narration of each book
page has finished, you will enter Free Play
automatically.
Free Play
To stop the automatic story narration and enter
Free Play, touch anywhere on the screen. In
Free Play, you can touch the words one by
one to read the story at your own pace, touch
highlighted vocabulary words to hear their
definitions, or touch images in the art to see
animations and hear fun voices and sounds.
If you don’t touch the screen for a while, the
story narration will automatically continue to
the next page.
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• Touch any word in the story text to hear the word read aloud.
• Touch pictures to see animations and hear fun voices and sounds.
• Press
or
to move to the next or previous page.
NOTE: You can also turn the page by flicking the touch screen.
• Press
to listen to the current page’s story narration.
• Press
page.
to save a bookmark for the current page, or to go back to the index
• Press
or the onscreen arrow icon to restart the automatic story narration.
Reading Games
Play 8 reading games to have fun with
the story while developing your reading
skills. The reading comprehension game
“What Happened?” is included in every
storybook cartridge to reinforce your
understanding of the stories you read.
The other 7 games teach a variety of
age-appropriate reading skills. Choose the game you wish to play from the
Reading Games menu. Simply touch the arrow button on the screen to see
your game choices, then touch the icon to enter into the game.
Listen to the instructions and questions carefully. Then touch a word in the
story text, a picture in the art, or a key on the keypad to answer the question
as directed.
The following are some examples of the Reading Games.
What Happened?
Opposites Attract
Rhyme Time
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Reading Game Curriculum - What’s That Noise?
Reading Game Title
Reading Game Curriculum
What Happened?
Reading Comprehension
Same Sounds
Onomatopoeia
In the Beginning
Beginning Sounds/Beginning Letters
Silly Syllables
Syllables
Capital Idea
Capital & Lowercase Letters
Hello! ¡Hola! Bonjour!
Foreign Languages
Opposites Attract
Antonyms
Rhyme Time
Rhyming
Story Dictionary
Story Dictionary provides an alphabetical list of the vocabulary words from the
story and their definitions, along with fun animations, sounds, and voices. Touch
any word in the Story Dictionary menu to hear its definition.
To deepen your understanding, some definitions have follow-up questions that
relate to the definition you just read.
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Using the V.Reader® Touch Screen
®
V.Reader ® has a touch-sensitive screen that you can interact with by either using
your finger or the included pen. Lightly touch the screen with your finger or the
pen. In Watch the Story mode, flick the screen to turn the page forward or back.
NOTE:
• Use only enough pressure to operate the game. Too much pressure may
damage the touch screen.
• Do not use the pen if it is broken.
• Do not use any other pens on the touch screen other than the V.Reader ® pen.
• Put the pen back in the pen holder when not in use.
Cleaning the V.Reader® Touch Screen
®
If the screen on your V.Reader ® has visible smudges, fingerprints, or other material
on it, you can clean it with a soft, lint-free cloth.
1.Slightly dampen the cloth with a little water and wipe the screen to loosen dirt.
2.Using a clean and dry cloth, wipe the screen dry. Repeat these two steps as
needed.
Inserting an SD Card
You can insert an SD card (not included) into your V.Reader ®, to store downloaded
content.
• Make sure the unit is turned off.
• Locate the SD card slot on the back of V.Reader ®.
• Open the SD card cover with a screwdriver, coin, or other household tool.
• Insert the SD card, as shown in image 4 & 5 (on the next page).
• Make sure to replace the SD card cover.
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Connecting to a Computer
• Download the setup program for Learning Lodge NavigatorTM from www.
vtechkids.com/download for US or www.vtechcanada.com/toysdownload for
Canada and install it onto your computer.
• Insert an SD card into your V.Reader ®, as shown above.
• Turn on your V.Reader ®.
• Locate the USB port on the upper right-hand side of your V.Reader® and open
the rubber port cover.
• Insert the smaller end of the included USB cable into the USB port on your
V.Reader ®.
• Insert the larger end of the USB cable into a USB port on your computer. The
USB port is usually marked with the symbol that appears on the USB port cover
of your V.Reader ®. Please refer to images 6 & 7 below.
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• After connecting to your computer with the USB cable, your V.Reader ® screen
will show a USB Connected screen (image 8). For help using the Download
Center refer to the Help section of the Learning Lodge NavigatorTM.
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• Use your free V.Coins to download free e-books from Learning Lodge
NavigatorTM. Enjoy!
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VTech® Kidizoom® Photos and Videos
All photos and videos captured with a VTech® Kidizoom Camera can be
transferred without conversion for viewing on V.Reader ®. Files can be transferred
using an SD card (not supplied) or via USB cable from a computer.
V.Reader ® supports MJPEG formatted video playback only. Other video formats can
be converted to work with V.Reader ® using third party software (not supplied).
For further information on video file conversion, enter “media format converter”
into an internet search engine.
There may be legal restrictions associated with the use of commercial video files,
movies, programs and other content for which VTech accepts no responsibility or
liability. Users should take responsibility for observing relevant copyright law in
their country for this type of media.
Recommended format settings required for video playback compatibility with
V.Reader ®:
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File Type
Video Encoder
Display size
AVI
MJPEG
480 x 272
Frame rate
Bitrate
Audio Encoder
Audio Channel
15fps
2400kbps
PCM
Mono
Sampling Rate
22.05kHz
NOTE : Do not disconnect V.Reader ® or the computer while files are
downloading. After you have finished, turn off the unit to save power.
When not connected to a computer, please close the USB port cover on
the V.Reader ®, for safety.
Computer Requirements
PC Hardware Requirements:
CPU: Pentium® 4, 1 GHz or above
Memory: 256MB
Video Adaptor: Graphic card with 1024 x 768 at 16 or 32 bit color
Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768
USB 1.1 or higher
100MB Hard disk space
Windows® compatible sound card and speakers
PC Software Requirements:
Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, or Windows® 7 Operating System
Internet Explorer® version 6 or above
Adobe® Flash® Player 10 – Other Browsers Version (To acquire the latest
version of Flash player, please visit www.adobe.com)
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Macintosh Hardware Requirements:
Macintosh Computer with an Intel (1GHz or faster) processor
256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
100 MB Hard disk space
USB Port required
Macintosh Software Requirements:
Mac OS X version 10.5 or 10.6
Safari Internet Browser version 3.0 or later
Adobe ® Flash ® Player 10 – Other Browsers Version (To acquire the latest version
of Flash player, please visit www.adobe.com)
*Internet connection required for Internet enabled functions on both PC and Macintosh
computers.
Microsoft® and Windows® and Windows Vista® are either registered trademarks or trademarks
of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Adobe®, the Adobe logo,
Flash® are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the
United States and/or other countries. Intel®, Pentium® are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the
United States and other countries. Macintosh, Mac, Mac OS, and Safari are trademarks of Apple
Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property
of their respective owners. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT ENDORSED OR SPONSORED
BY ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED, PUBLISHER OF FLASH.
CARE & MAINTENANCE
1. Keep your V.Reader ® clean by wiping it with a slightly damp cloth. Never use
solvents or abrasives.
2. Keep it out of direct sunlight and away from direct sources of heat.
3. Remove the batteries when not using it for an extended period of time.
4. Avoid dropping it. NEVER try to dismantle it.
5. Always keep your V.Reader ® away from water.
6. Please examine the toy transformer periodically for conditions that may result
in the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons (such as damage to the
output cord, blades, housing, or other parts) and that, in an event of such
conditions, the transformer should not be used until properly repaired.
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.Reader ® Interactive E-Reading 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 an LCD screen at close range 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.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Problem
Possible Reason
Screen displays with Volume is turned
no sound
down
Headphones are
connected
Screen turns on, then Battery power low
immediately off
No picture (or
Program needs to
incorrect picture) on be reset
screen, and pressing
the ON/OFF button
has no effect.
Solution
Adjust the volume control.
Unplug headphones from the headphone
jack.
Replace the battery.
Disconnect all power supplies (batteries and
adaptor), then reconnect all power supplies.
Press the ON/OFF button.
Remove the storybook cartridge, clean
it if necessary, then re-insert it into the
V.Reader ® .
No screen display
Battery power low
Replace the battery.
after pressing
Incomplete battery
Make sure batteries are installed in both
installation
battery compartments.
ON/OFF button
No AC adaptor
Securely connect the AC adaptor or car
power
adaptor to both the V.Reader ® and the power
source.
“Please insert a
Poor storybook
Remove the storybook cartridge, clean
cartridge” icon
cartridge connection it if necessary, then re-insert it into the
displays
V.Reader ® .
USB connection
Poor USB cable
Securely connect the USB cable to the
window does not pop
V.Reader ® and the computer.
up after connecting
Connection is
Connect the V.Reader ® directly to the
to computer
running through
computer, without using a hub.
USB hub
If your V.Reader ® does not respond to an inserted storybook cartridge, please
carefully try the following:
• Remove all batteries and unplug all wiring.
• Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol or an alcohol-based window
cleaner to gently clean the contact area of the cartridge slot.
• If necessary, dry all the clean contact areas with a soft, lint-free cloth.
• Please make sure that all parts are completely dry before restoring electricity.
Static electricity may cause the V.Reader ® to malfunction. In some cases, the
game play score stored in the console memory may be lost. In cases where
V.Reader ® is malfunctioning due to static electricity, reset the console by
removing and reinstalling the batteries, or by unplugging and replugging the AC
adaptor. Or, if the static electricity malfunction occurred during the downloading
process, disconnect the USB cable, delete the corrupted file, and reset the
console as described above. Then reconnect the USB cable and restart the
download process.
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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
Copyright Notices
Copyright 2011 VTech Electronics North America, L.L.C. All Rights Reserved.
VTech and the VTech® logo are registered trademarks of VTech®. V.Reader ® is a
trademark of VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C. All other trademarks are
property of their respective owners.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Creating and developing the V.Reader ® Interactive E-Reading System is
accompanied by a responsibility that we at VTech® take very seriously. We make
every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information that forms the value of our
products. However, errors sometimes can occur. It is important for you to know that
we stand behind our products and encourage you to call our Consumer Services
Department at 1-800-521-2010 in the U.S. or 1-877-352-8697 in Canada, with
any problems and/or suggestions that you might have. A service representative
will be happy to help you.
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.
Company: VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C.
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Address: 1155 West Dundee Rd., Suite 130, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 USA
Phone :
1-800-521-2010 in the U.S. or 1-877-352-8697 in Canada
Notice: 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.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ices-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe b est conforme à la norme nmb-003 du
Canada.
Caution : 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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