Yves Behar Designs Educational Tablet With Topics Instead Of Apps [Pics]
The XO Tablet has a kid-friendly interface where the main screen is organized around what children would like to be when they grow up.
- 17 july 2013
The fuseproject designed XO Tablet, available from Walmart, features a child-friendly interface and protective cover. Developed in collaboration with the One Laptop Per Child Association, the Android tablet’s main screen is organized around topics rather than apps.
It is centered around the idea of aspirational “dreams” and prompts children with the line “I want to be an…” to help them navigate around the device. There is a large selection of software, games, and apps surrounding each topic of interest.
The seven-inch tablet 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 in collaboration with Common Sense Media, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents and teachers make informed decisions about media.
The $150 XO Tablet has launched in the U.S. as well as in developing countries such as Uruguay, Cambodia and Barbados. Yves Behar, fuseproject founder and Chief Designer of OLPC since 2006, said:
The new tablet is an evolution of all the things we have learned with the original XO Laptop. The new user interface is colorful and easy 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 we crafted the user interface and the industrial design simultaneously. We wanted to make sure that together they would deliver a cohesive experience while stimulating discovery and offering a few surprises.
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