One Laptop Per Child comes back with tablet, new OS, and touchscreen laptop

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At CES today, One Laptop Per Child unveiled a revitalized line of gadgets for learning, including an education-specific tablet.

Other announcements include a new touchscreen version of the organization’s green-and-white laptop and a new software suite called the XO Learning System, an Android-based collection of apps for “child-centric learning.”

The XO tablet is a fairly standard Android tablet, but it features content — including a custom-built app store and an e-reader application — for young learners. The tablet is a 7-inch design from Sakar International, which will license the unit for online and in-store sales.

As for the XO Learning System, it seeks to capture students’ imaginations and aspirations, bringing books, multimedia content, interactive games, and content from big-name partners like Sesame Street into the educational mix. The tablets will also have full access to the Google Play marketplace of books, apps, and mobile games, but strict parental controls will…

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