Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000
July 29–November 5, 2012
The XO Laptop is an inexpensive computer for children in the developing world. It was specifically adapted to the needs and habits of children: it is the size of a textbook and lighter than a lunch box, with soft edges, a handle, and a rubber keyboard; it is recyclable, drop-proof, splash-proof, and dustproof; it can be manually recharged; and its wireless antennae resemble playful rabbit ears. More than seven hundred thousand of these laptops, many of them equipped with the innovative and child-friendly interface Sugar, have been distributed to schools in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Libya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uruguay. A newer model, XOXO, was developed with feedback from children and released in 2010.