The One Laptop Per Child initiative has steered a tricky course through thickets of criticism, ultimately overcoming the doubters to deliver well over two and half million stripped down, ultra-simple devices to children's educational programmes around the globe. But technology moves fast. Since the XO-1 debuted as a concept back in 2005, portable computing has shifted focus to touch screen devices: enter the XO Tablet, a joint venture between OLPC and Vivitar, better known for their photographic products. The new tablet is unashamedly pitched at American kids, not the developing world, hence its $150 sticker price and availability in Walmart. As before, the design has been overseen by Yves Béhar and Fuseproject and is characterised by bold colours, a rubberised case, complete with carry handle, and a specially developed operating system, the XO Learning System Interface, sitting on top of an Android core.
XO Kid's Tablet PC, $159