Irecently;had;the;opportunity;to;talk with Dan Yang, creator of VINCI, a unique;combination;of;a;tablet-type device;and;interactive;software;de-
years old fun and safe tools to enhance
TOS:;In;2011,;Forbes named you one of
are also a wife and mother of two beauti-ful;girls.;Why;did;you;invent;VINCI?
Dan: When the iPad came out, my
daughter became very much addicted to
using it, like a lot of kids are these days.
She was able to select the things she wanted to watch on YouTube, and she loved
Toy Story then. She was always watching
Toy Story. The content she was watching,
Tube that looked like Toy Story.;I;didn’t
“Wow!;Oh!;It’s;not;Toy Story.” It had been
made to look like Toy Story, but in this
production;the;familiar;Toy Story char-
acters were talking ugly things and bad
I realized that this is not something I
wanted my family to continue.
How could I get my daughter to do
something she was really interested in
and that was also structured in a way that
developing networking equipment, but
now, at this stage of my life.
TOS: That’s wonderful. Give me an
overview of how children use the VINCI
doesn’t really mean anything until you
When we talk about education, educa-
from a skill set point of view, from a
build the scaffolding structure to help
from the bottom, but ideally the child
to;give;children;the;incentive;to;play,;be-cause sometimes learning is hard. Take,
dition problems, which is grade one
stuff. But because we designed one of
against ducks and she wants the ducks to
really fully understands what each number means, in terms of quantities and associating symbols with quantities. You
Algebra until you are really good at low-er-level;math.;So;the;VINCI;tablet;and
TOS: That makes a lot of sense.
Dan: Another important piece of a
child’s education is assessment. Every