Laptops designed by 7-year-olds


24 Responses to “Laptops designed by 7-year-olds”

  1. CountD says:

    It’s really interesting to consider that computers completely rewire our brains to think more logically. Using a computer forces us to consider abstract ideas like hierarchies, and shortcuts. And really, their ideas aren’t too far off from what several companies try to do. A lot of keyboards have “hotkeys” for browsers and whatnot that seem like a good idea at surface value. However, pressing [CTRL+C] instead of a designated Copy button just seems more accessible. A bit like how a stenotype machines are chorded, rather than having a full keyboard.
    I can see this thought process when trying to teach my mother simple tasks on the computer. She needs things to be very straightforward. If she uses a program, she needs a shortcut on her desktop. On the other hand, I have desktop shortcuts disabled. To me, having a program under an array of directories just seems more logical.
    Eventually, all computers will just need three buttons: [1], [0], and [CTRL+ALT+DEL]

  2. LucasSheehan says:

    I would have to say that we taught computers to think logically (think may be a bad word). The concepts of hierarchies, shortcuts (or perhaps pointers is better) were/are heavily used in how we process our environment. Maybe whats happening is the computer is simply allowing you to focus more on the concepts you’ve already been using.

  3. Robert says:

    What’s interesting is that a 7-year-old understands the need for privacy: “Private code”, “code settings”, and also understands how important it is to really, really, really close an application with that gigantic “CLOSE” button!

  4. rollerskater says:

    it’s unanimous: all computers will ship with a GAMES button!

  5. mrfitz says:


    Logical fallacies can be put in binary.

  6. Anonymous says:

    These children have obviously reinvented the Canon Cat. Jef Raskin would have a field day with this.

  7. Diatryma says:

    Those are fun. I like the one with the QWERTY keyboard stretched across one long row at the top.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Reminds me of a hardware rendition of the toolbars in any Microsoft Office app.

  9. Dave X says:

    Holey spelchek, Batmn!

  10. Zan says:

    I like the 8-year-old who put an “iPhone” button on hers.

  11. RyanH says:

    I wish my laptop had a hamster button. That would be awesome.

  12. safronia says:

    When do these go into production? I need a kitten button.

  13. mrfitz says:

    Interesting how thy put everything the computer does on the keyboard, including the applications.

  14. Diatryma says:

    It makes sense to me– when I was that age, my friends and I played something like two games and Paintbrush on their computer. If we’d had a button or something instead of putting in disks, we would have saved a lot of time. If your computer does only a few things, it makes sense to have shortcut buttons. It’s when your computer becomes a window to a branching tree of other stuff to do that you want a generalized input apparatus.

  15. gdholtby says:

    I want a “MATH BOTTON”.

  16. Man On Pink Corner says:

    “Immediet buy”? 7 years old and they’re already infringing US patents.

  17. gdholtby says:

    It’s also interesting how several kids put a “10″ key in with the numbers — sometimes instead of a zero key. It’s easy to forget how much “basic” math kids haven’t really picked up yet at that age.

  18. rodriquezseeds says:

    I have to wonder what Maddox would make of all this…

    But aside from that, this really reminds me of the Anti-Coloring books by Susan Striker that my parents let me loose on as a child. More fun than conventional colouring books, less fun than scribbling on the walls in crayon. Life is compromise.

  19. goose bandit says:

    Rily werd games izz my favoritez!

  20. Pete Carlton says:

    Don’t worry – if we’ve learned anything from BoingBoing, it’s that some artist out there will create real versions of these within a month.

  21. netphemera says:

    I noticed at least two laptops that had buttons that link to webkinz. Any parent of an 8-year-old knows that webkinz is the hottest Web site for that age group. I also noticed a link to a Barbie web site. Did anyone else notice any specific web links. I’m sure a lot of the “animal” keys are most likely intended to be links to lolcats or cuteoverload – other popular sites with that age group.

  22. Geoff says:

    I haven’t seen any laptops with hardware ‘google’ button, but I bet it won’t be long. Pretty clever ideas from some of them. It makes me wonder if buttons like ‘kitten’ are meant to produce a kitten or just a shortened way of typing.

  23. semiotix says:

    Dog, cat, kitten, puppy, leash, collar, food, shop, and especially “name pet”–this wasn’t designed by a 7-year-old, it was designed by a NetHack player.

  24. Tarmle says:


    All they need now is an Operating System designed by a 7-year-old.

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