Elementary School age laptop
My dream laptop for kids in elementary school and below....
Needs to be more “kid proof” so the keyboard needs to be one continuous piece of rubber (no keys coming off and protected from spills).
Also rugged, but not heavy. Softer edges to protect from drops.
It would be fun if the keyboard was more colorful too, like letters one color (with vowels a slightly different color), numbers another, or maybe even different rows.
I would also like it to be touch screen so the kids can draw with their fingers and such.
Could be “themed” with characters, but not necessary. To cater to older kids just make it less colorful, like one solid color, but with the same hardware)
Should be able to work as a tablet as well. Reversible system like the duo would probably break, but something where the screen can flip around and lock into the keyboard would be good (or just a detachable keyboard like the xps 10) 10-13 inches is the perfect size range
Basically it’s a stripped down operating system for kids (with easier and fun icons), to be sold with specific hardware geared towards kids.
Look at FoozKids.com for an idea of what I mean. That system is super close to what I'm talking about.
It will have access only to specific websites set by the parent (in a parent user mode)
It will have a stripped down version of a mail client with pictures for contact addresses. So if they want to send an email to “grandma” they can just click on her picture and it will open a new email to them.
It will have some photo upload and editing programs
It will be touch screen enabled.
It will have some customizable “chore chart” systems (I’m envisioning them seeing a picture of a kid feeding the dog and then they click it and it flips over to a checkmark with a “done” written on it) and a calendar with a daily routine, which allows them access to fun areas after certain chores are finished (again set by the parent)
It will have music/media player
It will have a typing class game built in to teach the kids typing and mouse skills