Fisher-Price will shortly ship a "Kid-Tough" MP3 player with big buttons and a simple UI, and a digital camera with double-eyepiece for kids who find it hard to close one eye. I think the UI changes are nice, but not nearly so important as the armor -- most of the kids I've loaned my digital cameras to cotton to the operational procedure in seconds, but bash it around mercilessly. I wonder if the MP3 player will come with DRM? It plays music from the Sony Store, which is a bad sign. Wouldn't that be the pits? You buy your kid a digital music player and it takes over her PC with malicious software intended to control her use of it? Link (Thanks, Kokogiak!)
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.