"One Laptop Per Child" - Puzzles this Adult

"One Laptop Per Child" - Puzzles this Adult

  • Posted on: 9 March 2007
  • By: jmc

I found this photo on "flickr" photo sharing website. You can see me on the left and Tony Shawcross, Executive Director of Denver's "Deproduction" community media center. It reminded me of an amusing moment.

In the middle of the frame there is the famous $100 laptop pioneered by MIT's "One Laptop Per Child" non-profit association. According to their website, "The mission of this non-profit association is to develop a low-cost laptop—the "$100 Laptop"—a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. Our goal is to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves."

Sadly, the two of us needed approximately five minutes to figure out how to open it up. This, however, is not a flaw, but an intentional kid friendly design. From OLPC's literature, children open it up right away. Figures.

Photo credit:BB07: Attendees vs. the OLPC.
Originally uploaded by Geoffrey.