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A 2.5 Year Old Has First Encounter With An iPad

CJ Westerberg, May 7, 2010 2:58 PM

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With sales of iPad surpassing over a million units in 28 days, clocking in at twice the sales pace compared to the number of iPod sold in the same period. . . we thought this was a good time to check out the point-of-view of one of its younger converts . . .
 

Video Below: Approaching the 1 Million Mark In Hits
Oh, The Places These Kids Will Go!


From Laughing Squid, father Todd Lapin captures his daughter's sense of play and exploration with her new "toy", the iPad.  Lapin does admit that she had played with his iPhone previously, so she did have a bit of a head start.  Still, it just reminds us how insatiable young kids are in the learning department.  Guess the question begs is how to continue cultivating this sense of wonderment and curiosity throughout their school-life years?

"My iPhone-savvy 2.5 year-old daughter held an iPad for the very first time last night, and it turned out to be an interesting user-interface experiment.

As you can see, after geeking out on my Sutro Tower homescreen, she took right to it -- including figuring out how to enlarge some of her favorite iPhone-legacy apps to 2x to display full-size on the iPad screen. If you're good at understanding kid-speak, you'll also notice that she immediately saw its potential as a video-display device. She lamented the lack of a camera, and wondered about its potential for playing games.

On the downside, she had the same frustration as many adults, where touching the screen-edge with your thumb while holding the iPad blocks input to all home screen icons. Notice also that she was confused by the splash page for FirstWords Animals, her favorite spelling game: Because the start button looked like a graphic, rather than a conventional button, she couldn't figure out how to start the game.

Most of all, though, it's cool to consider that as one of the new Children of Cyberspace, her expectations about computing will be shaped by the fact that she's growing up in a touchscreen world."

What do you think about this acceleration of technology in young kids' lives? 

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