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The XO Laptop offers children a means of freedom and empowerment. As children grow and pursue new ideas, their tools need to grow with them.

OLPC emphasizes software tools for exploring and expressing, rather than instruction.


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    The Neighborhood view displays all the connected XO laptops within a child's community, and their shared activities. This provides a great space for discovering new things and making new friends.

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    Friends Groups

    The Friends Groups view shows the people closest to the child, enabling interaction with their friends and the ability to join their shared activities.

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    The Home view contains the child and his or her favorite activities, providing a space for starting or resuming activities--a starting place for exploration.

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    The Activity view displays the particular activity, or application, that a child is currently working within, such as Browse, Write, or Paint.

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    Browse is a simple Web application that allows children to access the Internet and share links among their friends.

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    Calculate provides a generic calculator with a simple, straightforward interface. Designed to be intuitive for even the youngest children, it also supports advanced mathematics and boolean logic. An innovative "labeling" feature allows children to solve problems collaboratively and understand correlations between the numbers and what they represent.

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    The Chat activity provides a simple environment for discussion, whether it's between two individuals or an entire classroom.

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    Implode is a logic game in which groupings of like-colored blocks collapse when clicked, with an ultimate goal of clearing the screen.

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    Distance is a two-laptop collaborative activity that can be used to measure the distance between them.

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    EToys is a media-rich authoring system aimed at helping children learn by doing. They can explore their ideas by creating models, simulations, and games complete with text, graphics, sound, and video. Children can also share desktops with other EToys users in real time, encouraging immersive mentoring and play. EToys has a worldwide community of users and developers who are working to create content, curriculum, and examples.

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    Help offers documentation, troubleshooting tips, and extra info so that you can make the most of the XO laptop, even without access to the internet.

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    The Journal

    The Journal is an automated diary of everything a child does with his or her laptop. The Journal can be used by children to organize work or revisit a past project, and by teachers and parents to assess a child's progress.

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    The Log activity is a tool mostly for developers, which exposes the logs kept by Sugar and activities in a simple UI. It also provides a mechanism for sending logs, which can be of use when submitting bug reports.

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    Maze is a multi-player maze game. It can play with one, two or three players on a single machine or even more via Sugar's mesh based collaboration. Use the keyboard to move through the maze to the goal. Each maze is larger and more difficult than the last. When playing with friends, race to see who can get to the goal first.

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    Measure is a tool that allows children to explore and learn by connecting and observing physical phenomena and real-world events. With it, children can measure and log data and create graphs of sounds, electrical current, and other signals.

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    Memorize is the classic matching-pairs memory game with a twist: each card can consist of any multimedia object, such as images, sounds and text. The memory game allows children to play with existing card sets, as well as create new ones themselves.

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    Moon provides a neat graphical interface illustrating the current phase of the moon, with a variety of display options. It also reveals additional information such as lunar phase and eclipse data.

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    The Paint activity provides a canvas for a child's creative expression. Children can draw free-form images with a paintbrush and pencil, and use the dedicated toolbar to play and experiment with shapes. Text support, image import functionality, and an interactive placement system give children limitless ways to explore their creativity.

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    Pippy is a simple and fun introduction to programming in Python, the dynamic programming language underlying much of the software on the laptop.

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    Read is a basic PDF or document viewer. Providing basic controls for page navigation and a variety of zoom tools, it makes it easy to read a book in either laptop or handheld modes.

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    The Record activity provides a simple way for children to take pictures, view slideshows, and record video and audio. Children can record together to create collaborative photo albums over the network.

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    Ruler provides a variety of static metric rulers for measuring dimensions and angles of objects that are approximately the size of the laptop screen itself, or smaller.

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    Scratch is an easy-to-learn multimedia programming language. Snap together colorful command blocks to create interactive animations, stories, and games, and then share your creations on the Scratch website for others to enjoy.

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    Speak offers a fun and goofy face which will speak any text you type. With a variety of controls for adjusting the appearance of the face and the rate, pitch, and language of the voice, this activity is sure to please kids and adults alike with its charm.

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    TamTam Edit

    TamTam Edit is an intuitive environment for composing music. Children can create, modify, and organize notes on virtual "tracks" which allow for virtually limitless variations in musical styles.

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    TamTam Mini

    Simple enough to be used by even the youngest ages, TamTam Mini is a fun, powerful way to collaborate musically (or just make noise!) with other children.

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    TamTam Jam

    TamTam Jam is a fun, powerful way to perform music, play instruments, and collaborate musically with other children. It offers simple yet sophisticated ways to create loops, synchronize rhythms, and put on a concert.

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    TamTam SynthLab

    Designed for older children who are ready to venture into more sophisticated sound design, SynthLab is a mini-lab for acoustic- and electronic-circuit construction.

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    Terminal offers a graphical wrapper for the common command-line interface familiar in Unix, allowing kids to dig deeper into their systems, issue commands, and make modifications to their laptops.

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    Turtle Art

    Turtle Art lets children program a Logo "turtle" to draw colorful and complex artwork. Simple programming elements easily snap together, allowing children to bring their art to life.

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    WikiBrowse is an offline wikipedia snapshot containing hundreds of useful articles and images for reference, even without access to the internet.

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    Write is a basic text editing application featuring straightforward tools and a simple interface. It provides an easy way for children to write a story, craft a poem, or complete an essay, as well as more advanced features like image insertion, table creation, and layout operations. It also features collaborative real-time editing, so a group of children can work together to edit text easily and seamlessly.

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    In addition to the activities that come with the XO laptop, there is an ever-growing array of downloadable content, among them, Google applications, SimCity, and GCompris (a suite of award-winning educational software for children). There are currently thousands of software developers around the world developing content for the XO. For more information, visit


The Neighborhood view displays all the connected XO laptops within a child's community, and their shared activities. This provides a great space for discovering new things and making new friends.


The desktop metaphor is so entrenched in personal computer users' collective consciousness that it is easy to forget what a bold and radical innovation the Graphical User Interface (GUI) was and how it helped free the computer from the "professionals" who were appalled at the idea of computing for everyone.

OLPC is revolutionizing the existing concept of a computer interface.

Beginning with Seymour Papert's simple observation that children are knowledge workers like any adult, only more so, we decided they needed a user-interface tailored to their specific type of knowledge work: learning. So, working together with teams from Pentagram and Red Hat, we created Sugar, a "zoom" interface that graphically captures their world of fellow learners and teachers as collaborators, emphasizing the connections within the community, among people, and their activities.