January 3, 2007
Sugar: $100 laptop's bittersweet interface
Educational hardware pioneer One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) has its hands full juggling priorities--developing nations, pricing and user interface (UI) among them. Nick Negroponte's nonprofit recently published screenshots and test downloads of its freshly-designed UI, called Sugar. Built from scratch at Red Hat, it features a plump little stick figure in the center--representing the user--other stick figures to indicate nearby users in the wireless network, and tasks or programs arrayed in a circle around the central figure.