• Not on view

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.

Gallery label from Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000, July 29–November 5, 2012.
PC/ABS plastic, rubber, and other materials
9 1/2 x 9 x 1 1/8" (24.1 x 22.9 x 2.9 cm)
Gift of Pentagram Design
Object number
Architecture and Design

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