Tuesday, January 08, 2013
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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
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
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.