OLPC's Three New Products from the CES
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OLPCA has 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, the second product
announcement. Third, OLPCA will show the fourth generation of its iconic green and
white laptop with both a keyboard and a multi-touch screen using Neonode technology.
Every child has dreams and XO Learning directs the child’s passion, creativity and
energy for these dreams into a new user interface that has 12 dreams. Such 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 naturally explore their dreams and learn at the same time.
“The challenge in computing and education is to use the technology to develop new
ways for children to learn. The rich content of the dreams allows the child’s natural
passion to be directed into learning experiences,” said Giulia D’Amico, the lead designer
of XO Learning. OLPCA teamed with the legendary designer Yves Behar of Fuse
Project and his team to create the XO Learning user interface and cover.
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 leading
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 robust 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 unique learning experiences from leading partners who support
OLPCA’s program to foster child-centric learning. Many international companies share
the vision to create learning experiences that unleash a child’s creativity, D’Amico said. 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. OLPCA is currently in negotiations with many other of the world’s leading
companies to provide unique experiences through XO Learning in time for the product
introduction in May 2013.
“OLPCA and Common Sense Media share the same vision of a world in which all kids
have access to the limitless learning opportunities that technology provides,” said Amy
Guggenheim Shenkan, president and COO, Common Sense Media. “By using ratings
and reviews from Common Sense Media to inform XO Learning, OLPCA has created a
product that will point kids towards the highest quality digital media products available,
and will go a long way to ensure our kids are well-prepared to grow, thrive, and succeed in the 21st
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 iconic green and white laptops. At
CES, OLPCA will unveil 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.
“We are pleased to be launching XO Learning and the XO Learning Tablet. OLPCA
pioneered the inexpensive netbook for learning, and that concept remains viable today,
particularly with the new touch screen version,” said Rodrigo Arboleda, chairman and
CEO of OLPCA Association. “The XO 4.0 is still the only laptop that is designed for
children. It is reparable by a child with only a screwdriver. It now has the latest Marvell
hybrid-core processor and Noenode’s latest touch screen technology.”