A great article (and video) showing how one particular 2yr old responds to the UI of a new iPad. It’s far from a double-blind Human Factors test, since the kid was already familiar with the iPhone. But a fascinating scene nonetheless.

I’m sure we’ve all seen examples of the ease in which young children take to a computer, but the Apple iPhone/iPad takes things to a whole new level. Instead of indirect control via mouse & keyboard, the multi-touch style introduces direct manipulation that seems to be natural for them. Most adults probably have about 25yrs worth of UI bias to overcome, but a child has no such preconceptions. With the TouchSmart, iPad, Slate, Courier, and other such devices coming out, these will be interesting times.

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