updated 06:29 pm EDT, Wed July 17, 2013
New ruggedized tablet sports educationally oriented home screen
The fuseproject-designed XO Learning Tablet has launched, and arrives in Walmart stores across the country this week. Developed in collaboration with the One Laptop Per Child Association, the Android-powered seven-inch tablet harnesses the power of a touchscreen device to create new ways for children to learn. The XO Tablet has a new user interface and protective cover that delivers the continuity of the design language of the original Yves Behar-designed One Laptop Per Child concept.
"The new tablet is an evolution of all the things we have learned with the original XO Laptop," says Yves Behar, fuseproject founder and Chief Designer of OLPC since 2006. "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."
The seven-inch tablet, made by Vivitar, is running Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean," and is the only multilingual (English/Spanish) and Google-certified tablet for kids on the market. The device uses a 1.6Ghz dual-core processor, with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage, with support for a MicroSD card for expansion. Software includes content curated and selected for age-appropriateness by OLPC in collaboration with Common Sense 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 children spend on each app, and can provide insight into where children's interests lie.
The main screen is organized by topics rather than applications. A clear hierarchy of information makes tiers of learning within each section easy to follow and access, a key element of the new child-centric XO Learning System Interface. The sentence "I want to be an..." is the opener to the system's software, games, and applications grouped around each of the subjects of interest.
The tablet will be available at select Walmart retail stores, and at Walmart.com. It is expected to sell for $149.