Tuesday, July 8, 2008

New Version of One Laptop Per Child

In July, 2008, Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, introduced the next generation (left) of the XO, the previous (right) $188 small PC designed for schoolchildren in developing countries. Negroponte displayed design photos of a new version of the low-cost computer - the XO-2 - at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass., (where Negroponte had been Chairman).

The new machines, which OLPC plans to deliver in 2010, will no longer have the characteristic green rubbery keyboard (right), but will have instead a single square display with a hinge at its center, splitting the device into two multi-touch screens that can either mimic the pages of a book or function as a dual display and keyboard. It is designed to function like both an electronic book (top left) and a computer (bottom left).

The new OLPC also attempts to cut the XO's energy use to a single watt, compared with around two watts for the current XO or as many as 40 watts for a typical laptop--cutting back the time necessary for kids to crank the power generator in versions sold in countries without widespread electricity.

The new price for the XO is expected to be $75, which is below the $100 laptop goal set from the beginning. The new XO, OLPC is expected to let users choose between the two operating systems (Windows and Linux) when they turn on the PC.

Click on the heading above to see a video of Negroponte describing the OLPC program.

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