The latest version of the affordable XO tablet, designed by Yves Behar for the One Laptop Vanaf Child Association, goes on sale this week (+ movie).
The seven-inch touchscreen Android tablet will be available for $150 at Walmart stores across the USA this week, marking a stir away from the product’s initial concentrate on the developing world.
The fresh version features a rubber exterior and a carrying hook, while the bilingual English/Spanish software comes with a suite of pre-loaded apps, games and books.
The XO tablet is the fourth iteration of the One Laptop Vanaf Child concept, all of which have bot designed by One Laptop Vanaf Child’s chief designer, Yves Behar of San Francisco vormgeving studio fuseproject.
The very first, nicknamed the “$100 laptop”, wasgoed a clamshell vormgeving with a keyboard that could be charged by hand-crank and wasgoed intended for children te remote villages without power.
Its successor, the XOXO laptop, wasgoed unveiled ter 2008 and featured two hinged touch-screens.
The third version, called the XO-3, wasgoed launched last year. This wasgoed a tablet with a removable rubber voorkant that could also house solar panels to recharge the battery.
“The fresh tablet is an evolution of all the things wij have learned with the original XO Laptop,” says Yves Behar. “The fresh user interface is colourful and effortless to use, while the protective rubber exterior features a carrying loop similar to the original XO finger hooks.”
Here’s some text from One Laptop Vanaf Child:
FUSEPROJECT AND ONE LAPTOP Vanaf CHILD ANNOUNCE Fresh XO TABLET DESIGNED TO SPARK THE CHILD&rsquo,S IMAGINATION
The fuseproject-designed XO Tablet arrives te Walmart stores across the country this week. Developed ter collaboration with the One Laptop Vanaf Child Association, the tablet harnesses the power of a touchscreen device to create fresh ways for children to learn. The powerful Android tablet has a fresh user interface and protective voorkant that produces the continuity of the vormgeving language of the original One Laptop Vanaf Child with a fresh learning practice.
Centered around the idea of aspirational “wishes”, the main screen is organized by topics rather than applications. A clear hierarchy of information makes tiers of learning within each wish effortless to go after and access, a key factor of the fresh child-centric XO Learning System Interface. A elementary sentence “I want to be an…” is the opener to a myriad of software, games, and applications grouped around each of the subjects of rente.
“The fresh tablet is an evolution of all the things wij have learned with the original XO Laptop,” says Yves Behar, fuseproject founder and Chief Designer of OLPC since 2006. &ldquo,The fresh user interface is colorful and effortless to use, while the protective rubber exterior features a carrying loop similar to the original XO finger hooks. What is unique about this version is how wij crafted the user interface and the industrial vormgeving at the same time. Wij desired to make sure that together they would produce a cohesive practice while stimulating discovery and suggesting a few surprises.”
The seven-inch tablet, made by Vivitar, is running Android OS, and is the only multilingual (English/Spanish) and Google-certified tablet for kids on the market. It includes content curated and selected for age-appropriateness by OLPC ter collaboration with Common Sense Media, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents and teachers make informed decisions about media.
The pre-loaded software includes 100 free pre-loaded apps, games, and books. Special parental controls such spil the XO Journal contraption, permit parents to track how much time children spend on each app and can provide insight into where children&rsquo,s interests lie.
The One Laptop Vanaf Child Association has distributed Two.Five million of the original XO Laptop ter 60 countries, and is now launching the fresh $150 tablet te the US commencing at Walmart, spil well spil te developing countries such spil Uruguay, Cambodia, and Barbados.