Idea for OpenMoko: Kid Mode

Richard Franks richard.franks at
Wed Jan 24 19:25:33 CET 2007

On Wed, 2007-01-24 at 11:33 -0600, Paul Jimenez wrote:
> How about a locked-down 'kid version' of the UI with touchable pictures for 'mommy', 'daddy', etc ?  Maybe not even labelled, but just the pictures?

Nice idea - I see where you're going with this, not making it too
complex.. for slightly older kids though, you could also have an "add
friend" button too, perhaps triggering auto-detection via bluetooth.

Or games which only work at scheduled breaks during the school day.

Most calculator applications I've seen on mobiles really suck.. but that
could be an area of improvement too.

Also, the back-end would not have to be locked down - parents could
still connect to their kids Neo and get whatever information they feel
they need. I'm not sure I'd want to write code to allow parents to
eavesdrop on their kids, but it'd be easy to do once we start networking
our Neo's to home/work machines and that infrastructure is solid.

Schools themselves may find it appealing to be able to restrict
cell-phone use during class, and with bluetooth, there's another option
to distribute homework other than email or paper.. and with the stylus
the kid could do their homework (whilst showing the working), on the bus
ride home.


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