Child Operating System
What NEED does this meet?
The idea of COS (Child Operating System) is to enable children from an early age to learn about computers and be educated as well. The idea is to allow parents to easily upgrade the software to suit the child needs.
More information and a very early demo can be download from my site at: http://pavcules.fun.to (Software -> COS)
If you have trouble reaching it, you can try this link instead: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pav.jim/software/cos/index.htm
What is the APPROACH?
First stage would be to develop the COS architecture. The software needs to be adaptable for future expansion. A standard interface would need to be designed, to allow other developers to create new modules (e.g.: educational titles, etc.). COS will need to be run on top of the existing operating system.
Second stage would require some of the COS and education modules to be written. This is to demonstrate the functionality of the software.
In parallel with the second stage, the website will need to be designed and developed to host COS and the modules. The website will need to be easy to use, so that parents can download and provide feedback. Developers would need to be able to upload their modules for review and processing.
What are the BENEFITS to people?
Benefit to the children:
- The COS software will have an easy to use interface. Children will be able to use the keyboard and mouse relatively quickly. - In time the child will gain confidence in using a computer.
- They will not need to worry about damaging the computer or underlying OS.
Benefit to the parents:
- Be able to easily find educational modules for their child, ranging from easy to hard. - Be able to monitor the child's progress. Each module will contain tests. If the child passes those tests, then parents can decide to upgrade to the next level module. - Will not need to worry about their children ruining COS or Operting System its running on.
What is the COMPETITION?
The only competition I've found is on the following website: http://www.osdata.com/children/children.htm
The author is trying to design a complete Operating System for children. This approach would take a long time to do. And the idea has not been updated for 2 years now.
What BUDGET & LOGISTICS are required?
It would need a few developers in designing the architecture. Once the system has been designed, information will be provided on the website on how to create further modules. Then other 3rd party developers will be able to easily create the software.
A couple of more people would be required to design the website.
Parents and children from very various ages would be required to test the software and pass feedback.
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COS is a refreshing thought! And it is realistic to begin, at least, with the thought of making a shell around existing OSes, and clearly doable.
I hope that the higher objective is to enable children and young people in general to grab back control over computers, to feel strong and empowered when facing these machines, so that they do not succumb to them and become mere users of them, in a placid way. I would suggest that we need to include GAME CREATION far more than mere game perusal as standard practise in teaching children computers. But then we need GAME CREATION TOOLS. Would you provide in COS? And I mean really interesting game creation tools, for really interesting games; and plenty of them!
Then I have a project that is not oriented, to begin with, towards children, but rather oriented towards empowerment of people in general in relation to computers. I am working on a language Yoga4d that will make a neural network simulation language Yoga5d that in turn will provide a level of more natural language interface in which the human can argue with the computer, argue and through natural language make it comply. This is a long term project and I am at present alone at it, and have only briefly finished part of Yoga4d. Maybe some synergy in connecting with COS and something of this? Have a look at sourceforge.net/projects/wintuition-net/ if you wish.
Posted by: Stein von Reusch at Dec 10, 2003 5:42:51 AM
Posted by: Routenplanung at Oct 6, 2004 8:17:02 PM
Posted by: http://users4.nofeehost.com/petrushko/58685.html at Feb 12, 2008 11:19:01 AM
How about One Laoptop Per Child?
That has it's own operating system as far as I know
Posted by: Michal Jaworski at Sep 14, 2010 12:47:42 PM