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Smart WaveTM PC

© 2002 VTech

Printed in China

91-01335-000-000

Dear Parent:

At VTECH® we know that a child has the ability to do great things. That’s why all of our electronic learning products are uniquely designed to develop a child’s mind and allow them to learn to the best of their ability. Whether it’s learning about letters, numbers, geography or algebra, allVTECH® learning products incorporate advanced technologies and extensive curriculum to encourage children of all ages to reach their potential.

When it comes to providing interactive products that enlighten, entertain and develop minds, at VTECH® we see the potential in every child.

 

CONTENTS

 

INTRODUCTION.........................................................

1

BATTERY INSTALLATION .........................................

1-2

AUTO SHUT-OFF .......................................................

2

KEYBOARD DESCRIPTION AND FUNCTIONS .........

2-4

TO BEGIN PLAY .......................................................

4

DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES ...............................

5-10

Lobster Letters ...............................................................

5-6

Manatee Math ...............................................................

6-7

Porpoise

Play ................................................................

7-9

Jellyfish

Jam ...............................................................

9-10

GAME STATISTICS ..............................................

10-12

Scoring .......................................................................

 

11-12

Two Player Mode ..........................................................

12

CARE AND MAINTENANCE.....................................

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INTRODUCTION

Thank you for purchasing the VTech® Smart Wave™ PC learning toy! We atVTECH® are committed to providing the best products to entertain and educate your child. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call our Consumer Services Department at1-800-521-2010in the U.S. or1-800-267-7377in Canada.

The VTech® Smart Wave™ PC learning toy provides preschoolers with a sea of knowledge. Basic curriculum includes letters, phonics, mathematics, logic games, music and more. The silly animations, encouraging phrases and rich curriculum will make learning a splash!

MATCHBOOK Key

Contrast Switch

CATEGORY Keys

ANSWER Key

ONE/TWO PLAYER MODE Key

PLAYER 1 Key

Volume-ControlSwitch

OFF Key

ON Key

DELETE Key

DEMO Key

ENTER Key

PLAYER 2 Key

LEVEL Key

REPEAT Key

LEFT/RIGHT/UP/DOWN

(MATCHBOOK CHOICE) Keys

BATTERY INSTALLATION

1.Make sure the unit is OFF.

2.Locate the battery cover on the bottom of the unit and remove it, using a coin or screwdriver to loosen the screw.

3.Insert 3 “AA” (UM-3/LR6)batteries as illustrated. (The use of new, alkaline batteries is recommended for maximum performance.)

4.Replace the battery cover and tighten the screw to secure the battery cover.

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BATTERY NOTICES

Install batteries

correctly observing the polarity (+,–)signs to avoid leakage.

Always replace

the entire set of batteries at one time.

Do not use batteries of different types.

Remove the batteries from the learning toy when it will not be used for an extended period of time.

Do

not

dispose of batteries

in fire.

Do

not

attempt to recharge

ordinary batteries.

The supply terminals are not to be short-circuited.

WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THE USE OF RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES.

NOTE: If for some reason the program/activity stops working, please follow these steps:

1.Please turn the unit off.

2.Interrupt the power supply by removing the batteries.

3. Let the unit stand for a few minutes, then replace the batteries. 4. Turn the unit on. The unit will now be ready to play again.

If the problem

persists, please call our Consumer Services Department at

1-800-521-2010

in the U.S., 1-800-267-7377in Canada.

AUTO SHUT-OFF

If there is no input into the VTech® Smart WaveTM PC for six minutes, the learning toy will automaticallyshut-offto save power.

KEYBOARD DESCRIPTION AND FUNCTIONS

Press this key to turn the unit on.

Press this key to turn the unit off.

The Volume-ControlSwitch allows you to increase or decrease the volume.

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Use the Contrast Switch to adjust the light/dark contrast on the

LCD screen.

Press these keys to select a category.

Press this key to activate the MATCHBOOK activity.

Press this key to enter the selected activity or answer. In the MELODY MAKER activity, you can press this key to play and enjoy the song you created.

Press this key to switch between one player and two player mode.

Press these two keys in the two player Head to Head mode.

Press this key to change the level of difficulty. There are three skill levels for most activities. The default is Level 1 for all games. Each time you press this key, the level of difficulty will change from Level 1, to Level 2, to Level 3 then back to Level 1.

Press this key to see a brief demonstration of each activity.

Press these keys when selecting answers for word-relatedactivities except for

WORD BUILDER.

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Press these keys when selecting answers for number-relatedactivities. These keys can also be used asMUSIC NOTE keys in theMUSIC CHALLENGE and

MELODY MAKER.

Press this key to repeat a question in most of the activities, except for

LEARNING LETTERS, FIND THE NUMBER, NUMBER CHAIN, OBSTACLE DROP, RACE RALLY, MATCHBOOK, MUSIC BOXand MELODY MAKER.

Press this key to hear the correct answer to a question in most of the activities, except for OBSTACLE DROP, RACE RALLY, MUSIC BOX andMELODY MAKER activities.

Press this key to erase the character in the cursor position or to deselect an object in the LETTER PAIRS andPAIR UP activities.

Press these keys to move the cursor left, right, up and down. The Left/Right cursor keys are also used to catch the letters in the WORD BUILDER activity. These keys serve as answer selection keys in theMATCHBOOK activity.

TO BEGIN PLAY

1.To begin play, press the ON key on the keyboard.

2.The animation for choosing a category will scroll onto the LCD screen, while the learning toy announces the category. Select a category by pressing theENTER key when the category you wish to play appears on the screen. You can also select one of the following categories you want to play by directly pressing the Category Key:Lobster Letters, Manatee Math, Porpoise Play orJellyfish Jam.

3.The activity animations followed by the activity names will scroll out one by one. Select one by pressing the ENTER key while either the picture or the name of the desired activity is on the screen. Use theCURSOR keys to see the previous or next activity.

4.Press the PLAYER key to set either 1 player or 2 player mode. The default setting is always the 1 player mode.

5.Switch the level of play by pressing the LEVEL key.

6.Slide the Volume-Control Switch left or right to adjust the volume.

7.Slide the Contrast Switch left or right to adjust the contrast.

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DESCRIPTION OF ACTIVITIES

• Lobster Letters

1. Learning Letters

Have you ever flown a kite? Well here’s your chance. In this activity you will see a boy or a girl appear on the screen dragging a kite behind him or her. The boy or the girl and the kite will stop in the middle of the screen. On the kite you will see a

letter which will flash. All you have to do is press the letter on your keyboard that matches the letter that you see on the kite. Go ahead you can do it!

2. Letter Pairs

Are you ready for a game of Letter Pairs? In this activity your challenge is to match the letters in uppercase with the letters in lowercase. Several object pairs will appear on the screen and magically change into uppercase and lowercase letters. Use

your CURSOR keys to select the matching letter pairs and pressENTER to confirm your answer. Press theDELETE key if you make a mistake and want to change the letter you selected.

3. Rhyming Fun

Making rhyming words is loads of fun. In this activity, an object will appear on the LCD screen. Then, as if by magic, small characters will appear at the top of the screen and turn into the object word. Listen closely because the word will be voiced out.

This is your rhyming clue. After you hear your clue, you will see 3 choices of rhyming words appear on the screen. These words will also be voiced. When you hear the word that sounds like it rhymes with the first object, press the ENTER key. Please note in Level 3, the most challenging level, you will not receive a verbal clue.

4. Lost Letter

Are you ready for the Lost Letter challenge? Here we go. The goal of this activity is to fill in the beginning letter of the words. In Level 1 an object will appear on the screen followed by the object word. Watch carefully because the beginning letter in

the word will disappear. Then three letter choices will scroll across the bottom of the screen. Use your cursor keys to select the correct letter and press ENTER. Level 2 is a little bit tougher. This time when the object word appears on the screen the beginning letter will be missing. Once again watch the letters as they scroll across the bottom of the screen and select the letter that completes the word. Finally, in Level 3, the most challenging level of all, the object word will appear on the screen the same as in Level 2. This time however, you do not get any hints. Use your keyboard to find the letter that completes the word and pressENTER. Go on. You can do it!

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5.Mystery Letter

If you like to solve mysteries, then you’re going to love this one. First of all, an object will appear on the screen. Then the corresponding object word will appear with one or more letters missing. Use your keyboard to find the letter or letters that will complete the object word. This is your task you should choose to accept it. Good luck!

6. Word Builder

The time has come to make some words. Step into our Word Builder factory and we’ll tell you how it’s done. An object will appear on the screen followed by the corresponding object word. Watch carefully because the word will disappear. In its place

will be several letter channels. Your mission is to use your CURSOR keys, to catch the letters in the channels, that match the word you saw. Let’s see how many words you can make.

• Manatee Math

1. Learning Numbers

Learning numbers in the Learning Numbers activity is no problem. In Level 1 you will see a number word appear on the screen. Then three number choices will scroll across one by one. Press your ENTER key when you see the number that

matches the number word or simply press the matching number on your keyboard. The challenge continues in Level 2 and Level 3. In these levels not only do you get to find the numbers to match the number words, but you also get to test your knowledge by matching the number words to the numbers. Remember you can use your CURSOR keys or yourNUMBER keys to find the answer.

2. Find the Number

The truth about this activity is that it’s just plain fun. An airplane will appear on your screen. The airplane is towing a very special package. On the outside of the package is a number. The number on the package will flash. To find out what’s inside the package

you must type the number on your keyboard that matches the number on the package. When you find the matching number, watch the screen and you will get a big surprise!

3. Number Chain

Oh, no! Our friendly, sea-smartdog is stuck on the other side of the bridge. Can you help? To help him across, fill in the missing numbers in the number chain that appear at the bottom of your screen. If you fill the numbers in correctly, then the

dog will move across the bridge from left to right to arrive safely on the other side of the bridge. Please note in Level 1 and Level 2, the numbers are in ascending order. In Level 3, they are in descending order. Thanks for your help.

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4. Counting

Counting is cool. In this activity objects will appear on the screen and scroll up. Count how many there are and input the answer by pressing the NUMBER keys and theENTER key on your keyboard.

5. Addition

How about some addition? Don’t worry, we start off slow then work our way up. In Level 1, two sets of objects are shown on the screen. Count the objects. When you think you know the answer, type the number on your keyboard and press

ENTER. In Level 2, we start using equations. If you need some help just watch for the hint. After the equation appears on the screen, then you will see one group of objects followed by another group, and then the equation will be shown again. Use the objects as a hint to help you solve the equation. In Level 3, only an equation will be shown. Solve the equation and input the correct answer by using theNUMBER keys, and pressing theENTER key to confirm.

6. Take Away

Now it’s time for a little subtraction action. In Level 1, two sets of objects will appear on the screen. Find the difference between the two sets of objects. When you think you know the answer, type the number on your keyboard and press ENTER. In Level

2, we start using equations. If you need some help just watch for the hint. After the equation appears on the LCD screen, one group of objects followed by a flashing group of objects will appear and finally the equation will be shown again. Use the objects as a hint to help you solve the equation. In Level 3, only an equation will be shown. Solve the equation and input the correct answer by using theNUMBER keys, and pressing theENTER key to confirm.

• Porpoise Play

1. Does It Belong?

This activity is called Does It Belong. Your challenge is to find the word that belongs to the group. Sound like a hard challenge? Well don’t worry, you can do it. All you have to do is watch your screen. A picture of an object group will appear, then three word choices will be shown. Press the ENTER key to select the word that belongs to the group. Go on. Give it a try.

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2. Pair Up

On your mark? Get set, Pair Up! In this activity, you have to match the objects. Several pairs of objects will appear on the screen randomly and then disappear. Remember where you saw the matching objects and pair them up. Use the CURSOR keys to select the character and press theENTER key to confirm. Press theDELETE key to reinstate.

3. Obstacle Drop

This game rocks. Here’s how you play. On your screen you will see several channels. Jewels and rocks are falling down from the top of the channels to the bottom. Your job is to collect the jewels by using your CURSOR keys to move to the channels with the falling jewels. Be careful to avoid the rocks. To win the game you have to collect one jewel in every channel.

4. Race Rally

Keep on typin’! A car is racing across the top of the screen while letters randomly scroll across the bottom of the screen. In order to help the car rush to the finish line you have to type the correct letters on your keyboard. The faster you type the faster the car can arrive at the FINISH LINE!

5. Matchbook

This product belongs to the Smart Start Series. The Smart Start series is expandable with VTech® Matchbooks. These special workbooks are sold separately and can be activated on theVTech® Smart WaveTM PC learning toy by pressing the

MATCHBOOK key. After inputting the special workbook code and a section number, press thecolor-codedMATCHBOOK CHOICE KEYS (CURSOR KEYS) to answer the questions from the workbook. TheVTech® Smart WaveTM PC learning toy will respond with the correct answers.

Game Play

The Matchbook is usually divided into six separate sections. All of the questions in the matchbook are multiple choice and should be answered with the MATCHBOOK CHOICE KEYS (CURSOR KETS) located on the keyboard.

1.After selecting the Porpoise Play category. Press the MATCHBOOK key on the keyboard, or press theENTER key to confirm while the picture or name of this activity appears on the screen.

2.Input the workbook and section numbers for your particular workbook. For example, inputting 172 would mean that you are working on Matchbook 17, section 2. Press the ENTER key to confirm and then start the game.

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3.Once the section code is entered, the number of the first question in the section will appear on the screen. Each question has four possible answers represented by four worms. Select the correct answer by pressing the MATCHBOOK CHOICE KEYS (CURSOR KEYS) directly.

4.As you go through each section, you must answer the questions in the order that they appear. When you finish a section, a score will automatically be displayed on the screen. Each section is divided into 30 questions.

• Jellyfish Jam

1. Music Box

Get on the music train. Dance or sing along to the 10 built-insongs in the Music Box. Watch the train as it scrolls across the screen. On the train are numbers 0 through 9. Select your favorite song by typing in the song number.

 

Song Name

 

 

0

Für Elise

 

 

1

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

 

 

2

Sailing

 

 

3

My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean

 

 

4

Aloha Oe

 

 

5

Swan Lake

 

 

6

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

 

 

7

The Blue Danube

 

 

8

Chop Sticks

 

 

9

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

 

 

2. Music Challenge

Can you crack the musical code? A music safe box will play a portion of a melody. The goal is to remember that part of the melody and repeat it to crack the code of the safe box. Input the music notes by pressing the MUSIC NOTE (NUMBER)

keys. The code gets more challenging with every level. In Level 1, three music notes will be played and displayed at the same time one by one. In Level 2, four music notes will be played, but not displayed. In Level 3, five music notes will be played without being displayed. Are you up for the challenge?

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3. Melody Maker

Become your own Melody Maker! Create your own songs by pressing the MUSIC NOTE (NUMBER) keys on the keyboard. As you press the music note keys the piano keyboard on screen will play along. You can also play the song that you have created by pressing the

ENTER key.

GAME STATISTICS

Each activity has learning possible! or whether or not

its own special features to give you the most fun and the most If you want to know your time limit, the number of lives you have, there is scoring, check the chart below:

 

 

 

Time

Limit

 

Lives

Scoring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One player

Two player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lobster

1. Learning Letters

15/12/9 sec

15/12/9 sec

3

 

Letters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Letter Pairs

No

15

sec

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Rhyming Fun

30/22/15 sec

30/22/15 sec

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Lost Letter

No

10

sec

2(Level 1 and Level

 

 

2), 3(Level 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Mystery

Letter

No

20

sec

3

 

 

6. Word Builder

No

60 sec

3

 

Manatee

1. Learning Numbers

No

15 sec

2

 

Math

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Find the Number

15/12/9 sec

15/12/9 sec

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Number Chain

No

15 sec

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Counting

No

15 sec

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Addition

 

No

20

sec

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Take Away

No

20 sec

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porpoise

1. Does It Belong?

No

15 sec

2

 

Play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Pair Up

 

No

20 sec

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Obstacle Drop

No

40 sec

3

 

 

4. Race Rally

Unlimited

 

Unlimited

 

 

5. Matchbook

No

 

---

3

 

Jellyfish

1. Music Box

---

---

Unlimited

---

Jam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Music Challenge

No

15 sec

3

 

 

3. Melody

Maker

---

 

---

Unlimited

---

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• The time limit in

the Two Player Mode is for each player.

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

Scoring

In One Player Mode:

1.In most of the activities, there are 5 questions per round. One chance will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Correct

answer on

the

first try

:

gain

20

points

Correct

answer

on

the

second try

:

gain

15

points

Correct

answer

on

the

third try

:

gain

10

points

Press the ANSWER key at any time

: no points are awarded

Total possible points per round

:

100

points

Remark: For the RHYMING FUN, LOST LETTER(Level 1 and Level 2), LEARING NUMBERS, and DOES IT BELONGactivities, 10 points will be given for the correct answer on the second try.

2.In MATCHBOOK, there are 30 questions per round. One chance will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Correct

answer on

the

first try

:

gain

3

points

Correct

answer

on

the

second try

:

gain

2

points

Correct

answer

on

the

third try

:

gain

1

point

Press the ANSWER key at any time

: no points are awarded

Total possible points per round

:

100

points

Remark: 10 bonus points will be awarded for getting all the answers correct.

3.In the activity Race Rally, there is a total of 100 points in Level 1. The less time used, the higher your score will be. The scoring system is below:

(“x” represents the amount of time it took for the player to type all of the letters)

x £ 50 sec

----100 points

 

 

50

sec £

x

<

55

sec ----

80 points

55

sec £

x

<

60

sec

----

60

points

60

sec £

x

<

65

sec

----

40

points

65

sec £

x

<

70

sec

----

20

points

x ³ 70 sec

----0

points

 

 

Note: This scoring system is used for both One Player Mode and Two Player Mode.

4. There is no scoring in the Music Box and Melody Maker activities.

In Two Player Mode:

1. Turn by Turn Mode:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions per round

 

 

:

10

 

 

Correct answer on

the

first

try

:

gain

20

points

Correct

answer on

the

second try

:

gain

15

points

Correct

answer on

the

third

try

:

gain

10

points

11

Press

the ANSWER key

at any time

:

no points are awarded

Total

possible points per

round

:

100

points

 

 

2. Head to Head Mode:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions per round

 

 

:

10

 

 

Basic

points

 

 

:

100

points

Correct answer for the first player

 

:

gain

10 points

Incorrect answer or time

up for the first player

:

lose

10

points

Correct answer for the second player

 

:

gain

5

points

Incorrect answer or time

up for the second player

:

lose

5

points

Total

possible points per

round

 

:

200

points

Two Player Mode

Smart WaveTM PC provides an exciting two player mode for most activities. There are two types of two player modes. One is head to head competition and the other involves both players taking turns to answer questions.

1.Head to Head Competition

When a question is displayed, the two players need to press their corresponding player keys, PLAYER 1 orPLAYER 2, as quickly as possible to have the chance to answer the question. The player who presses the button first gets to answer first. If the first player answers incorrectly, the other player will receive a chance to answer.

2.Taking Turns

When a question is displayed, player 1 has the first chance to answer. When player 1 or player 2 finishes answering his or her question, then it’s the next player’s turn.

The following table shows which activities have a two player mode:

Head to Head Competition

Taking Turns

 

Rhyming Fun

Learning

Letters

 

Lost Letter

Letter

Pairs

 

Mystery Letter

Word Builder

 

Learning Numbers

Find the Number

 

 

 

Number Chain

Pair Up

 

 

 

 

Counting

Obstacle Drop

 

 

 

 

 

Addition

Race

Rally

 

 

 

 

 

Take Away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does It Belong?

 

 

 

Music Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: There is no two player mode for theMATCHBOOK, MUSIC BOX and

MELODY MAKER activities.

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CARE AND MAINTENANCE

1. Keep the unit clean by wiping it with a slightly damp cloth.

2. Keep the unit out of direct sunlight and away from direct sources of heat. 3. Remove batteries when the unit will not be in use for an extended period of time.

4.Do not drop the unit on hard surfaces.

5.Do not try to dismantle the unit.

6.Do not expose the unit to moisture or water.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Creating and developing electronic learning toys is accompanied by a responsibility that we at VTECH® take very seriously. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information which 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 at1-800-521-2010in the U.S. or1-800-267-7377in Canada with any problems and/or suggestions that you might have. A service representative will be happy to help you.

NOTE:

This equipment generates and uses radio frequency energy and if not installed and used properly, that is, in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, it may cause interference to radio and television reception. It has been type tested and found to comply within the limits for a Class B computing device in accordance with the specifications in Subpart J of Part 15 FCC Rules, which are designed to provide reasonable protection against such interference in a residential installation. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment on and off, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

reorient the receiving antenna

relocate this product with respect

to the receiver

move this product away from the

receiver

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