Pandora and (small) children?
Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:25 AM
My question: what minimum age would be a safe age to use the Pandora? My main concern is hardware strength: what kind of abuse can it take, eg the casing and the hinge? From what height can it be dropped? How easily does the LCD break? How much drooling, dirt, liquids can it take? What happens if it gets submerged in water? And so on.
Another concern is hardware safety: probably the stylus could be a choking hazard, but it is easy enough to just remove it. Is there any risk of electrocution? Can the buttons or any other parts be removed by a small child, causing another choking hazard? The SD cards would be too dangerous, so the NAND would have to be used to install the software on.
In terms of software, I already saw there is a port of tux4kids available (see http://boards.openpa.../2990-tux4kids/ ), so that's a good start. Some kind of child lock features in the minimenu would be useful.
Any answers or comments on this topic would be very much appreciated.
Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:13 AM
In fact thinking about it you could do a lot worse than picking up a DSlite getting it ready for homebrew and letting her loose with that first, and seeing how it goes.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:06 PM
Posted 06 April 2012 - 03:35 PM
Also, the Pandora really is more of a portable PC made for running open source software than anything else. It is a device made to tinker around with, and not foolproof by any means.
I think that the Pandora is not typically suited for at the very least extremely young people. As an alternative for your daughter's early years, and based on your requirements, I would suggest a Gameboy Advance SP or Gameboy Advance Micro, which to my knowledge are both rock-solid, and unlike more recent mobile gaming consoles do not have a stylus or SD-card slot. That said, I don't have any children, and neither do I know your daughter.
Posted 06 April 2012 - 06:27 PM
The Pandora is a social beast, and warns me when the baby starts to cry or needs changing - it really is quite maternal which was a surprise. I've left the baby alone in a room with the Pandora on guard, and it's seen off many predators and dangers with little regard for its own safety, and provided hours of entertainment by either flashing up bright colours or waggling its nubs, which James (for that is his name) finds fascinating.
I've had some people express concern about allowing such a dangerous-looking device interact at close range with my child, but what many people do not know is that the Pandora was previously known as the "Nanny Console", before the youth of today adopted it as a vicious fighting animal - it was well known for being protective of the young.
My advice would be to tread carefully at first, and guage how the Pandora reacts to your child before leaving them alone together, and maybe invest in some monitoring hardware just to be on the safe side. Like many pets that are classed as dangerous, the Pandora is really only a product of its own upbringing and training - if you treat it with love and respect, it will return your sentiments ten-fold, and become a useful and valued member of your household.
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