The XO is the first generation of an inexpensive computer conceived by One Laptop per Child, a nonprofit program begun at the MIT Media Lab, and it is designed to be distributed by governments and nongovernmental organizations to schools all over the globe. XO is made to be the size of a textbook and lighter than a lunchbox. Many of its features serve at least two purposes: the Wi-Fi antennas double as covers for the USB ports, for instance, while the handle serves also as an attachment point for a strap and the protective bumper also seals to protect from dust. The screen has both a full-color mode and a reflective high-resolution mode that makes it readable in bright sunlight, and a wide track pad doubles as a drawing and writing tablet. If electricity is not available, the computer can be recharged by a pull cord that works like a yo-yo.
Gallery label from Born out of Necessity, March 2, 2012–January 28, 2013.
Front Design has developed a unique method of materializing freehand sketches. Strokes made in the air are recorded with motion-capture video technology and then digitized into a three-dimensional computer model. The digital files are then sent to a rapid manufacturing machine that uses computer-controlled lasers to fabricate the objects in plastic, resulting in furniture that is a clear translation of drawing into object.
Gallery label from Design and the Elastic Mind, February 24–May 12, 2008.