|[January 07, 2014]
One Laptop Per Child Adds a New Dedicated XO-Learning App Store and an Expanded Line of Mobile Learning Devices
LAS VEGAS & MIAMI --(Business Wire)--
Continuing its mission to put connected educational technology into the
hands of children worldwide, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) announced today
the release of its new XO-4 Touch touchscreen laptop running Android (News - Alert) and
the Dreams Store, a dedicated XO-Learning App Store that will launch
with over 500 apps for OLPCs line of mobile learning devices. The
announcement was made today at the International Consumer Electronics
Show (CES (News - Alert)) in Las Vegas.
"The new XO-4 Touch is our most evolved laptop yet and provides an
unique experience through its dual boot for Linux and Android," noted
Rodrigo Arboleda, CEO of OLPC. "We'll begin manufacturing the XO-4 in
the next few weeks and the first 50,000 are earmarked for Uruguay, which
is the first country to adopt OLPC laptops at full one-to-one
The XO-4 Touch's touchscreen interface and Android operating system
enable users to take full advantage of the XO-Learning System content
that launched with OLPCs award-winning line of XO Tablets last year. The
XO-4 Touch announcement continues the momentum of OLPC in the mobile
device marketplace following the recently announced expansion of its XO
Tablet, designed for OLPC by Yves Behar and the San Francisco-based
design studio fuseproject, the latest versions of the affordable XO
Tablets making their debut are a new 7-inch XO Tablet and a new 10-inch
XO Tablet with Bluetooth keyboard.
To insure direct access to the robust programming developed for the
XO-Learning System and support its new XO-4 Touch laptop and new XO
Tablet Models, OLPC is launching the Dreams Store, a dedicated
XO-Learning App store and the first Android App store customized for
children. Curated by OLPC, the Dreams Store will provide access to more
than 500 educational apps for children of various ages and skill levels.
In addition to new apps, OLPC continues to expand the XO-Learning
Systems interface and recently added educational content and activities
for new "dreams" such as, XO Banker, XO Entrepreneur, XO Nutritionist,
XO DJ and others.
"We're thrilled by the warm embrace our XO-Learning System has received
from parents and educators," said OLPC Executive Vice President, Giulia
D'Amico. "In just twelve months, the XO-Learning System --and its new
way of learning via our educational ecosystem -- has been adopted by 10
countries and is available in 5 languages. It's been an amazing first
year and we're looking forward to greater global expansion and user
access to our XO-Learning content through the Dreams Store."
At the heart of OLPC's laptops and tablets is the XO Learning System.
This child-centric interface gives children, parents and educators
access to state-of-the-art educational content that has been curated and
selected for age-appropriateness and learning value by OLPC. Through
OLPC's unique "Dream" Interface, the XO-Learning System encourages
children to create their own learning adventure driven by what they want
to be today, or when they grow up. And, to insure that educators are
able to take full advantage of the power of the XO Learning System, a
new Teacher's Guide will be available shortly from OLPC.
Famed designer and longtime OLPC collaborator, Yves Behar, Founder and
CEO of Fuseproject, noted, "We wanted the user interface and the tablet
design to deliver a unified experience that encourages breakthroughs,
while still inspiring wonder the same way the first OLPC laptop did for
children around the globe."
The world-class partners currently creating educational content and
activities for the XO-Learning System include Barnes & Noble, Oxford
University Press, Discovery Kids Puterbugs, TED, Bankeroo, Educatina,
Magma Mobile, Square Iglu plus many, many others. OLPC continues to
attract new partners to create content and educational activities for
the XO-Learning System and several additions will be announced shortly.
OLPC continues to attract new partners to create content and educational
activities for the XO-Learning System and several additions will be
About XO Tablet, XO-Learning and One Laptop per Child
The XO line of mobile devices are fully designed and developed by OLPC
to harness the power of a connected device to create new ways for
children to learn-how-to-learn. The introduction of the XO Tablet in
2013 also marked the global debut of the XO-Learning System, designed as
a child-centric interface to empower kids to build, learn and dream as
part of OLPC's mission. OLPC was launched in 2005 at the MIT (News - Alert) Media Lab
as a project to provide a modern education to every child around the
world through access to laptops and connected devices. The organization
has since distributed over 3 million of its specially designed XO
laptops to children in 60 countries, and the XO Tablet extends that
experience into a modern tablet form factor. All of these activities
fall under the philosophy of Learning-by-doing advocated by the Media
Lab throughout the years.
Visit OLPC at http://www.laptop.org
For FAQ's, where to buy and more information on the XO Tablet, visit www.xotablet.com
Founded in 1999 by Yves Behar, fuseproject develops cohesive brand &
product experiences. With a focus on establishing new markets and
disrupting old ones, our work takes a long-term strategic approach to
developing and enhancing our clients' business, with teams spanning
brand & market strategy, identity & naming, packaging design, product
development and communications design.
Visit fuseproject at http://www.fuseproject.com
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