Maxfield bears kid's MP3 player

The Germans have come to every parent/sibling/uncle’s rescue by creating a child-resistant MP3 player. Known as the Maxfield MAX-JOY, it’s designed fo

The Germans have come to every parent/sibling/uncle’s rescue by creating a child-resistant MP3 player. Known as the Maxfield MAX-JOY, it’s designed for the little darlings to drop, stamp on and pour their Ribena over - leaving your precious iPod safe from abuse.

The colourful pebble-shaped machine features an OLED screen, playground-safe, water-resistant shell and larger controls, making it easier for their little fingers to control.

Delicate ears are protected by the fact that the MAX-JOY limits the audio output to 60dB and comes with a pair of special Koss headphones designed for mini ears (complete with an optimistic 15 year guarantee).

There’s 256MB of on-board storage, which supports MP3 and WMA (including download store ones) and more can be added using the SD memory card slot. Battery life’s a respectable 19 hours from one single AAA battery.

You can buy other child-friendly MP3 players from Disney and Tek Nek, but they have to be shipped from the United States and don’t have storage as large, or playback life as long, as the Germans’ effort.

So, when can you sign your kids up for the digital revolution? Soon: Maxfield tells us that the MAXJOY will be available through www.amazon.co.uk at the end of May for a fairly reasonable £61.