Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 21:06 UTC
In the News "Kay says that some gadgets with superficial Dynabook-like qualities, such as the iPad, have not only failed to realize the Dynabook dream, but have in some senses betrayed it. That's one of the points he makes in this interview, conducted by computer historian David Greelish, proprietor of the Classic Computing Blog and organizer of this month's Vintage Computer Festival Southeast in Atlanta (the Festival will feature a pop-up Apple museum featuring Xerox's groundbreaking Alto workstation, which Kay worked on, as well as devices which deeply reflected his influence, including the Lisa, the original Macintosh and the Newton). Kay and Greelish also discuss Kay's experiences at some of the big outfits where he's worked, including Xerox's fabled PARC labs, Apple, Disney and HP. Today, Kay continues his research about children and technology at his own organization, the Viewpoints Research Institute." A great interview with this legendary man.
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RE[2]: Fully agree!
by moondevil on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 08:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Fully agree!"
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

I disagree about the "expensive" part. I think a Nexus 7 is not expensive at all, and you can go cheaper with lesser brands.


Taken into account that it costs around the same value as the minimum wage in many countries and that full blown computers can be bought by the same price, it is expensive.

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RE[3]: Fully agree!
by MacTO on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 12:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Fully agree!"
MacTO Member since:
2006-09-21

It depends upon what you're using as a baseline. Compared to other products that are on the market, desktop and laptop computers are a better value in terms of capability and performance. Compared to the price of computers even a decade ago, tablets are dirt cheap.

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RE[4]: Fully agree!
by moondevil on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 13:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Fully agree!"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

We live in 2013 not 2003.

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RE[3]: Fully agree!
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 18:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Fully agree!"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

"Full blown computers" typically aren't touch screen enabled portable devices. The Nexus 7 certainly is open enough to allow the full use of its hardware. So I'm not sure what you're point is.

The whole Squeek Etoy concept is pretty interesting, I'll take a look at that in my spare time. Its an interesting concept.

I'd say the hardware and software building blocks are mature enough at this point for someone with Alan Kay's view point on technology could make it happen.

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