Sunday, June 17, 2012

Will the Kindle follow OLPC netbooks?

An interesting news comes on one of LinkedIn banners: Mashable's article on the world-wide spread-up of Kindles for youngsters around the world. Since the emergence of OLPC (One Laptop Per Child), even since the rumors about OLPC started circulating, a number of other devices have been announced as thing to deliver on charity.
OLPC was a revolutionary product in some respects: a cheap laptop with Wi-Fi and a jog to charge the device by a hand. Its production was scandalous, some vendors, Intel included, separated and started their own production of competing devices. Nonetheless, OLPC helped companies around the world to commence the era of netbooks.
Event before the first shipment of OLPC was on the way, competitors declared their selves as manufacturers of similar devices. Since then, netbooks and tables have been promised for the poor at a low price for charitably many times.
Okay, the today's announcement is promised to be successful as it's not only from a big company, but also the government took part in the affair. Below is the whole text from Mashable:
Can Kindle tablets bridge the gap between the U.S. and young people living in far-off corners of the globe?
The State Department and Amazon certainly think so. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos next Wednesday to announce a partnership that will send Kindles jam-packed with useful software to youth around the world.
Called the “Kindle Mobile Learning Initiative,” the program will deliver Kindles that include english language instruction apps and other content in an effort to expose them to American culture.
“This public-private partnership with and the U.S. government will create a global e-reader program that introduces aspects of U.S. society and culture directly to young people, students, and international audiences in new ways and expands English language learning opportunities worldwide,” reads a White House press release.
Currently, further details are scant, but we’ll have more information next Wednesday. For now, tell us your ideas in the comments for how Kindles could be used to connect far-off youth with the United States.