Sure, everyone is talking about the $100 laptop. But what exactly does it look like on the inside and what is it exactly going to do? Well there’s some hints from the Pentagram blog where you can read all about the spatial navigation metaphor. Lisa Strausfeld, Christian Marc Schmidt and Takaaki Okada are given credit on the design. You can read their explanation of the interface at New Work: One Laptop Per Child.
As for the actual idea of a laptop that is accessible to any child to own, I go back and fourth. First I thought it was a great idea, then I questioned why people would put faith in a laptop to bring everyone to an acceptable entry point for education, and now I wonder how I take for granted that I have internet access (and a laptop) and wonder where I would be if I didn’t have it. So maybe it is a good idea, though then the second level of questions is to see if the navigation of the laptop makes sense, and does it have enough flexibility that people can make their own interface if wanted….
UPDATE: kottke mentions a wiki that has more info at OLPC Human Interface Guidelines