Alan Kay Comments on the Apple Tablet (via GigaOM)

I have been a huge fan of Alan Kay for many years.  He is one of the original architects of the Croquet project – and the inventor of the tablet/netbook computer form factor (Known as the Dynabook), so when I read that he commented on the Apple Tablet (via GigaOM) I had to pass it along !

“When the Mac first came out, Newsweek asked me what I [thought] of it. I said: Well, it’s the first personal computer worth criticizing. So at the end of the presentation, Steve came up to me and said: Is the iPhone worth criticizing? And I said: Make the screen five inches by eight inches, and you’ll rule the world.”


It’s not just the screen size of Apple’s upcoming tablet that will please Kay, but the fact that Apple is reportedly selling its tablet with a 3G data plan. This fits right in with Kay’s vision of using computer technology for education, a goal he’s been championing ever since he came up with the idea of the Dynabook. In fact, it’s been the challenges faced by the One Laptop per Child project in particular, for which he’s an adviser, that have solidified his believe that the PC industry needs to move away from just selling hardware and towards a service-based model that could be used to establish an educational infrastructure. “It’s all about long-term, sustaining relationships,” he told me, something that mobile phone companies have been practicing for years. Apple’s tablet could be the first major computing device aside from today’s smartphones to move towards such a service-based model.

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A repost from Jan 2009

I was skeptical a few months ago when I read “The IPod Touch is a gaming platform” – my first thought was “Wow – thats a small screen”…. Then I read  this piece by Techcrunch

We’ve got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production.

Apple has been experimenting internally with large form tablet devices for years, one source says, but there was concern that users wouldn’t like the device. The difference now is the iTunes app store, which has thousands of games and other applications that are perfect for a touch screen device with an accelerometer. Apple says more than 300 million applications have been downloaded since the App Store launched in July 2008. Combine the App Store, iTunes and a browser and you have one heck of a device.

And though – WOW, I want one ! Which led me to and their IPhone 3D gaming engine for developers.  Perhaps this year will be as eventful as last after all !Drew and Edusim

TwitterNote: Edusim gets another convert !

3D Set To Upgrade Interactive Whiteboard Teaching Resources Although a huge number of schools installed interactive whiteboards as the focal teaching resource in the classroom, many are used as a conventional white version of the blackboard with all the electronics turned off. But 3D is about to upgrade the potential.

Say hello to the latest Edusim convet ! #smartboard

My LONG held belief has been, and is even more so today, that aubiquitous 3D learning environment (such as Edusim) will emerge as a fundamental component ofthe classroom interactive whiteboard over the next 3-5 years (as faras the user interface goes Edusim is so so so close !).

These interactive whiteboards certainly are not goingaway any time soon … they are basically the “”IPod Touch” of theclassroom now days – and with 3D projectors and multi-walled unitssure to come … the interactive whiteboard party is just gettingstarted!


Printing … in 3D … from Opensim or Edusim … On Campus !

imagine kids on campus creating their own molecules, cells (or windmill – or anything for that matter) via Edusim or Opensim and then printing them out IN 3D via one of these 3D printers:  these things were a quarter of a million dollars 4-5 years ago (amazing what price is doing on this front) !  …  at this rate “plausible interactive copies” this might actually happen in our life time –


Is Immersive Touch about to get a boost from Apple ?

If you have followed this blog for longer than a day you know my positions on Immersive touch (& Edusim **). So as you can imagine I am quite excited about what the new Apple Slate can potentially do for Immersive touch (direct manipulation of 3D virtual objects in multi-user environments).

Apple today sent out invitations to the January 27th presentation that we’ve been hearing much about lately. Along with the colorful invite graphics, they included the caption ‘Come see our latest creation’.


Drew and Edusim

3D Display Technology will Revolutionize the Classroom

Because at its core it is about fidelity and “immersing” people & students “into” the content.  Especially on the interactive whiteboard it will be even more revolutionary – and a ripe medium for 3D content designers and natural user interface creators as myself, spurring Immersive Touch” and “Immersive Natural User Interface” design.  Stay tuned.
Drew and Edusim
Key Terms: Immersive Touch – Immersive Natural User Input – Rich Immersive Learning Environments #gblabs