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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
One Laptop per Child Association Releases New Products at CES


One Laptop per Child Association (OLPCA), the project to provide a modern education to children through a connected computing device, introduced at CES three new products.

OLPCA unveiled for the first time the XO Learning System, an Android compatible software suite for child-centric learning, which is available by license to computer manufacturers, governments, NGOs and content providers such as book publishers.

Tablets under such a license will be called the XO Tablet.

Third, OLPCA showcased at CES the fourth generation of its iconic green and white laptop with both a keyboard and a multi-touch screen using Neonode technology.

XO Learning directs the child's passion, creativity and dreams into a user interface. "Dreams" include "I want to be" an artist, a musician and a scientist. Each dream features a rich learning experience and applications, books, games and videos that allow children ages 3 to 12 to explore their dreams and learn at the same time.

The content in XO Learning has been curated and selected for age-appropriateness and learning value by OLPCA, in collaboration with Common Sense Media, the non-profit organization dedicated to helping parents and teachers make informed decisions about media. Common Sense Media offers more than 18,000 media ratings and reviews based on both educational research and child development guidelines. XO Learning also offers a full range of parental controls and user IDs for up to three children, a dashboard where the child or the parent can review usage, types of content and the skills the child is developing. Press a single icon and XO Learning switches from English to Spanish with all new content depending on the language. Additional languages will be available in future releases.

XO Learning also offers learning experiences from partners who support OLPCA's program to foster child-centric learning. In addition to helping to curate the XO Learning content, Common Sense Media has also provided Digital Passport, an interactive learning environment designed for students in grades 3-5 to teach them how to safely navigate a technology-enhanced world, to the XO Learning platform. Digital Passport is already available in classrooms via OLPCA XO laptops in the U.S. and internationally.

Other XO Learning partners include Sesame Street, MyCityWay and Little Pim among others. The XO Learning platfom will be ready for introduction in May 2013.

Sakar International, based in Edison, New Jersey, is the first licensee of XO Learning. It will offer XO Learning on a 7" inch Android tablet of its own design. The tablet will be marketed as the "XO Tablet." Sakar has the exclusive right to sell the XO Tablet to leading U.S. retailers for both in-store and online sales. OLPCA also continues to develop its own line of green and white laptops. At CES, OLPCA unveiled its fourth-generation system - the XO 4.0 Touch. This touch screen laptop features:

- Marvell ARMADA PXA2128 multicore application processor with hybrid-SMP technology running at 1 GHz
- Marvell Avastar 88W8787 highly integrated SoC
- Neonode touch screen technology with multi-sensing capabilities

The XO 4.0 Touch preserves the dual mode screen, which allows children to use the laptop in full sunlight as well as in the classroom. The XO 4.0 Touch will also offer the free educational software, Sugar, which has been featured on all previous versions of the laptop. Sugar offers over 300 child-centric learning apps and three programming environments for children.


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