This would be perfect for my daughter. She's nine, but a budding inventor like her father. She's been saving her pocket money to buy the Lego Mindstorms kit (which is £200), as she wants to invent devices to help her mum around the house. My wife is blind, having lost her eyesight only three years ago, so my daughter's always thinking up mad inventions to give her a hand with simple daily activities. She believes, if she can learn electronics, she'll be able to improve her mum's ability to get around the (removed by spam filter) or start a career.
Actually, she had two really great idea's, recently. One was a simple sensor in the end of her mums cane which can detect the chemicals in dog poo and enable her to walk around such mess (it's my wife's biggest issue since becoming blind - her guide dog doesn't see the problem with it... Go figure!), and the other idea was a multi-sensor remote with sticky tags that can be attached to items that tend to relocate (such as the TV remote, her house keys or her mobile phone). With the device, she could select the item she'd like to find and the items tag would beep. I think both idea's are great, and with some electronics education, she can start building such devices without the help of her dad
I'm a web developer by trade, so the blog idea appeals to me, too. I'm teaching my little girl how to build pages in HTML, at the moment. She's a bright little thing and picking it up pretty quickly.
Anyway, that's what we'd get from such a cool kit as this. I'm sure my daughter would have a whole load of new idea's from this.
PS. I just had an amazing idea. My daughter goes to an all girls school who try to push girls in science. Many of the girls who leave at secondary level go on to be surgeons, physicists and what have you. Each week, my daughters class have Mad Science lessons (after school) and they're always trying to think of new science related topics to teach the girls. I bet, if I showed the school this kit, they'd be very intrigued, indeed.
I spoke to one of the teachers this morning; one whom takes a number of clubs oriented around art or science (DT club etc). She was very intrigued about the Ollo kit and wanted to know more information about it. One thing she said, which I hadn't known, is that the school already teaches robotics in years 5 and 6. I was advised to lookup the Lego league, though I was unable to get the chance to ask if that meant the school took part in the league, as she had to get on to her class. However, the school are very forward thinking, so if I can prove the Ollo kit is a better option over the Lego products, I'm sure they'll consider adopting it, even if in tandem with the Lego products. Having looked at reviews and descriptions of both product lines, I can honestly see the higher level of creativity available in the Ollo, so would look forward to being able to prove this.
Oh, also, I've got some friends interested in the kit for their children, too