The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has been given a big boost with the addition of ARM chips and the introduction of an 8.9 inch touch screen that allows children to operate the machine much more easily. Edward McNierney, chief technology officer of OLPC has been explaining these changes and what that will mean for the OLPC project, in fact, there is a video on YouTube where he goes over the features and ben
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The green plastic casing and membrane covered keyboard was a clear sign of the OLPC XO laptop designed to provide disadvantaged kids with the chance to get used to working with computers, which hopefully will set them off onto a better life.
However, the keyboard has been an issue, being a plastic membrane style it wore our fast and showed signs of wear of and tear, quite literally!
This is a bit of a revelation, the standard OPLC laptop is good but not that good, but the XO 3 is brilliant and it looks the part too. The device is in development at the moment but they are expecting to get a demo model out towards the end of the year and in time for the CES 2011!
The children of the Gaza Strip are busy working on their new OLPC machines that were recently delivered through United Nations project which is aiming to get half a million of these useful little laptops into the area and into the hands of these children.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) arranges for the children in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan to get schooling and these computers make that job a little bit easier.
Here are some of the features and specs of the OLPC machine:
If anyone has ever seen the current One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) machine they could easily be mistaken in thinking that it was a toy computer, whereas in fact they serve a good purpose.
Now it seems that OLPC are working on a more modern and up to date versions, in fact three models are being planned and it is a concept looks very interesting.
The new OLPC XO laptops are:
XO 1.5 – This laptop will run both Linux and Windows OS and will be available in 2010 for $200.
XO 1.75 – This will have 2x speed at 1/4 power. This laptop will have a market price of $150.
The people of Afghanistan are pretty resourceful they always have been, and this certainly proves that point. This is pedal machine put together by the people at OLPC Afghanistan it gives enough power to get these little laptops going.
Therefore, that means that when the world as we know it ends, they will still have their laptops going strong!
Anyone out there want to get their grubby little hands on an OLPC XO 1.5 laptop?
If so then this could be your chance, because the guys over at OLPC are making thirty of these nifty little numbers available to anyone (Well ok, its only open to developers) that would like one. All they ask of in return is that you help out by working on the software for the XO!
Now that can’t be bad can it?
If you are interested then you had better head off over to the