Thursday, November 30, 2006

One Laptop Per Child Computer gets the World chattering

Looking at the usability of a very inexpensive laptop ...

"Amberlight's Harry Brignull has found himself in the spotlight in the last week with his video of the OLPC UI in action and subsequent comments.

The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) system aka the 'hundred dollar laptop' is the much vaunted alternative computer, ostensibly cheap enough for developing countries to afford and easy enough for a kid to use. In Brignull's first post - on his website and also on YouTube - he offered a video clip of the OLPC UI that he'd put together to show the new interface in action.

'I’m amazed to see how unusual the UI is. Apps are full-screen by default, and the black border around the sides pops over when you put the cursor at the side of the screen (as shown in screen grab). And that’s just the start of it,' he comments.

A couple of days later, he has added an analysis of the system's usability.

In all, the video and blog had been viewed 48,000 times, when this story went to press. Brignull's map of hits to his site shows a lot of interest from Brazil and China, two countries that are investing in the OLPC. Europe and the US are typically also viewing and chattering over it on a variety of blogs and lists."    (Continued via Usability News)    [Usability Resources]

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