> posted by   on July 23rd 2013
 

XOXOXOXO!

Children are still on their summer holiday but the XO Tablet has already arrived in Walmart stores across the USA. Developed in collaboration with the One Laptop Per Child Association and designed by Fuseproject, the XO Tablet harnesses the power of a touchscreen device to create new ways for children to learn. The powerful Android tablet has a new user interface and protective cover that deliver the continuity of the design language of the original One Laptop Per Child with a new learning experience.

“The new user interface is colourful and easy to use, while the protective rubber exterior features a carrying loop similar to the original XO finger hooks”, says Yves Behar, Fuseproject founder and Chief Designer of OLPC since 2006.

 

More specs and info:

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 in collaboration with Common Sense Media, a leading non-profit organisation 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 as the XO Journal tool, allow parents to track how much time their children spend on each app and can provide insight into where children’s interests lie. The One Laptop Per Child Association has distributed 2.5 million of the original XO Laptop in 60 countries, and is now launching the new $150 tablet in the US starting at Walmart, as well as in developing countries such as Uruguay, Cambodia, and Barbados.

 

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