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First Look: OLPC XO-2

I am here this morning in Cambridge, Mass., at OLPC’s Global Country Workshop. Opening the conference this morning was OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte, who announced the second generation of the OLPC XO laptop, which will be called the XO-2. Negroponte didn’t share many details about the XO-2′s hardware, but the new system has two touch-sensitive displays. As you can see from the video and the pictures, the XO-2 will be much smaller than the original machine (half the size, according to the press release) and will have a foldable e-book form factor. “The next generation laptop should be a book,” Negroponte said. The XO-2 will employ the dual indoor-and-sunlight displays, which was pioneered by former OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen. The design will provide a right and left page in vertical format, a hinged laptop in horizontal format, and a flat, two-screen continuous surface for use in tablet mode. “Younger children will be able to use simple keyboards to get going, and older children will be able to switch between keyboards customized for applications as well as for multiple languages,” the press release reads. The XO-2 will also reduce power consumption to 1 watt. According to Negroponte, the XO-2 is scheduled to be released in 2010. Negroponte ended his speech by announcing that the Give 1, Get 1 program, which allows consumers to give one laptop to a child in the developing world and get a low-cost laptop for themselves, will start up again in August or September 2008. [flq:d56ea0489c794d5e89041acbcf64a485]

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  1. g0pher Says:

    kai, you cant even get technology like that at the moment, or anywhere near that small..

    just a bit ambitious!

  2. carld Says:

    I think you can. The screen is the same as those in portable DVD players, which sell in mass quantities and should be pretty cheap. I believe they quote a $20 price tag. Give each screen a touchscreen overlay and you’re done. This can be done with off the shelf materials, it’s just a question of putting it all together at a low enough price point.

  3. asuseeeforever Says:

    If a were a computer manufacturer, I will be working on this idea from just now. This form factor is the future. Imagine that in the office! Wow! OLPC team did it again! God bless Apple and OLPC! They are the only innovative minds in this industry.

  4. theBrave Says:

    Have they thought that typing on a solid surface is PAINFUL ? Poor kids…
    Sell (me) the XO-1 (with Windows XP), try to enhance that one and you’ll see after.

  5. Iuri Lammel Says:

    wow, it looks fantastic, but looks too expansive. The minimal cost is (or should be) one of the main objectives of this project.

  6. mike Says:

    g0pher: i agree that its a bit ambitious but set a goal and do whatever it takes to get there. a loose analogy would be that of kennedy’s race to the moon speech. it was largely just an idea and yes while some tech existed, some key elements of it had to be invented on the fly as will in this case.

    the first XO is an engineering masterpiece. Companies could take a page or two out of OLPC’s playbook and learn a few things.

    You have to push the boundaries of the perceived reality and expectations. its the only way to move forward. And what’s the worst that happens: they come up a little short or it gets delayed a few years?

  7. Charbax Says:

    The question is will it behave more like consumer electronics using ARM processor or more like a PC using a more power intensive X86 processor. I’m hoping for ARM since that would make it possible to have an instant-on experience, have it optimized and use much less power (kind of like a calculator), and be cheaper to manufacture since requiring much less components.

  8. Ulan McKnight Says:

    Mutli-touch? If these are multi-touch displays, life would be grand indeed.

  9. bookmunkie Says:

    A few months back, my brother and I were discussing the Sony eReader vs the Amazon Kindle. In that conversation I described to him what would be my ideal ebook reader. Today, out of the blue, he sent me a link to an Engadget page. When I clicked that link I saw my ereader. I think this device is more than feasible and 2010 isn’t soon enough.

  10. xo Says:

    I hope this uses is ARM and not x86 processor which always like to pump out hot air and drink all battery juice.

    Although not very similar or comparable to this price point, this reminds me of nokia n800 that I have.

  11. Obie Says:

    I think this is the future. and these guys are doing something that not alot of people can do. provide young children in developing worlds with a small cool looking laptop, that means they are giving them the opportunity to get ahead in life. i would love to know how to invest in OLPC, get more of these out there to the kids..good work lads..God Bless!..im getting one when they drop

  12. Peter Says:

    I think this is a brilliant idea! I’ve used a Fujitsu P1510d in the past as an eBook reader, as well as a small form factor travelling laptop. Unlike the Sony or Amazon readers, using a real computer does not limit me to a very small set of supported formats and I can do a number of other things with it as well. I also did not care for the slowness of the eInk display technology, which has a lot of potential for the future, but IMHO is not ready for real usage yet.

    This will provide a low-cost, color capable generic purpose computer (albeit a low end one), with a much better eBook experience than any currenlty existing dedicated eBook readers…

  13. Jason Says:

    The future is typing on an Atari 400?

  14. RoMania Says:

    The fact that the keyboard is missing it’s a big problem. Trust me I prefer to type on a real keyboard rather than on a touch screen. I hope at least they have the option to connect a real keyboard, otherwise it will be a pain to type long essays. You have no feedback from the touch screen!!! Be careful what you wish for! Again I think it’s very important that you give the option to connect a real keyboard to the laptop.
    Other than that I hope they actually get it done! Worst then doing something and fail is doing nothing.

  15. Haineux Says:

    First of all, most of the DVD displays are VERY low resolution. Cheap ones are 320×240. Utterly unusable for books.

    Mary Lou Jepsen’s screen is perhaps the only current-production LCD that does not require a backlight, so the power budget is something like a tenth of a watt outdoors. The current screen is 1200×900, 200 dpi.

    (E-Paper is also super-low-power — zero power unless you are changing the image — but it takes a tenth (or two) of a second to change what’s on the page. And color is not an option. Not sure grayscale works.)

    When you are “just” reading a bookom the OLPC , the intention is to turn off the CPU almost entirely, so your total power budget is supposed to be well under 0.2 watts. (The screen, the wireless network card, and the CPU are three different entities that can all operate without the other.) In reality, this isn’t implemented yet.

    Second, the CPU: “At this time, an XO has an AMD Geode™ LX 700@0.8W processor at 433MHz.” It’s very good at “sleeping” (running very slowly at almost no power). OLPC wants their next CPU to be much LOWER power, even if it isn’t quite as powerful as the current CPU.

    OLPC and Intel were in talks for some time. Now Intel has a 3W processor that they position as “ultra low power.” It isn’t very good at “sleeping” to conserve power, either.

    Current OLPC has a 20 Watt Hour battery made of biodegradable, non-poisonous LiFePO4. It packs less energy per unit volume than LiIon, but it charges 2000+ times instead of 500+ times. Current battery life is several hours, even without power saving working very well.

    IMHO, the number one problem OLPC faces at this time is PR, since they’ve lost some key employees, and some of them complain loudly about OLPC teaming up with Microsoft (this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it sure is a PR problem).

    The number two problem is finishing their software “Update.1″, and THEN getting all the stuff that was supposed to be in the original shipment implemented and working in a FUTURE update.

    Question is (I don’t know the answer), do they still have enough developers to finish Update 1 and get power management implemented?

  16. Cooldevice Says:

    The current XO has usb connection
    therefore the XO2 using a external keyboard should not be a problem
    FYI: “Ulin McKnight” multi touch technologie does exist (look at on wikipedia)

  17. Haineux Says:

    Current XO has 256 MB RAM, 1 GB of “storage” (flash RAM).

    Current XO has 3 USB ports, which will work with “any” keyboard, mouse, and thumb drive. (It also has a slot for more flash RAM.)

    If the intention is to make a LIBRARY-IN-A-POCKET, going to soft keyboard is the right answer. The smaller screen means touch typing is completely out even for kids.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    take these machines and throw em in the trash can – giving them to 3rd world countries is practically the same thing. its a freakin shame theyre not edible.. negraponte is a f***ng moron. these machines are going to get stolen. lets spend some money on water filters. stupid

  19. staunton Says:

    That’s so cool. The touch keyboard would take some getting used to, especially for people with larger hands.

  20. W^L+ Says:

    Unfortunately, I think that this is probably not ever going to be released. With the shift to Windows, the XO will be just another low-priced laptop. The market they created will swallow them up.

    Too bad they forgot their roots: “OLPC is an education project, not a laptop project.” Their exploration-based learning approach was the only hope for underprivileged children to rise up out of their situations and become the next generation of inventors and creators. Now, they’ll be wasting their time typing in word processors and spreadsheets, the same “computer training” that we give OUR second and third graders, and which has proven to be a colossal flop.

  21. rob enderle Says:

    Allright you poor kids, we’ve got this spanking new OS for you…its called Windows XP, its only 8 years old and it will teach you the wonders of Spyware. IE and Outlook are your friends.

    I prefer Brazil’s plan of building 53,000 computer labs (30,000 will be finished this year) by the end of 2009 in schools and neighbourhoods to serve about 50 millions kids in that country. Imagine how much hassle it would be to get 53 million laptops serviced.

    I think the server>thing client>terminals solution is cheaper and easier to manage.

    I have two boys in the elementary schools who know how to use Mac, Win and Linux and I wouldnt want them to drag a laptop to school every day.

    This is well meaning and started a new market that Intel has now overtaken with the Classmate and have been selling them to India, Vietnam and a few other other countries.
    If its about the kids, then it doesnt really matter who sells it.

  22. Sundi Says:

    Cool, I like the model so much . gonna be the future of e – books
    I’m on the waiting list…

  23. bill Says:

    now it’s not for poor, it’s for geeeeeeks

  24. George Says:

    Ok first of all powering a device like this with the much beloved Windows XP would put a serious overhead on the system unless the MS software engineers get involved in the process and do some heavy trimming and adjusting. 2nd, using the cheapest possible display means horrible readability under sunlight and very little resistance to scratches. Both of these are quite important for the markets that XO is targeting. I might be a pessimist when it comes to the OLPC but mark my words, this thing will never reach the marker at $75 cost of production. The materials alone cost more than that and then you have labor, marketing, distribution, and many other costs. As much as like the idea of spreading computing power around the world for the betterment of mankind XO 2.0 will be more of a toy for rich kids than anything else. And much like the Eee which already passed the price point of most 15″ bargain laptops this one will also loose it’s focus. Only while Asus can afford to raise the price OLPC really cannot.

    Plus typing on a touchscreen is about the worst experiences ever. Especially on one that does not provide any vibration feedback such as the XO 2.0.

  25. David Harris Says:

    There is another aspect of a touchscreen keyboard: KEYS let you know when you are deviating from the correct finger positions. You can feel when you hit the slot between keys, Is there a way to stay “in register” with the key positions on a totally flat surface? Perhaps a wrist positioner/holder to restrain lateral wrist motion? Some kind of determination of hand position so that the targets for letters can be moved in sync with the hand?

  26. John Howell Says:

    The thing about the XO is that is a learning tool. You cannot learn how an operating system works if you cant look under the hood. Windows is all sealed up, but you can download the source for the XO.

    At 12 and 13 I was hacking my Sinclair ZX Spectrum, and writing code for it. I even got into a little machine code so I could access a floppy drive instead of reading from audio tape or the microdrive.

    At tech, one of the best learning tools we had was a simple Motorolla 68000 demo board with an i2c bus, 4 buttons and 4 LED’s. We also had some 8086 boards with a serial port and 1 ISA slot, and a free PROM socket.

    You need these sorts of training tools to teach how computers work at this basic level. You need this level of understanding to start a software/hardware industry with an educated and trained local workforce.

    I’d love to see these XOs in our own schools, not just in under developed countres. I don’t think they are targeted at kids in the slums of ethiopia, more at the kids in South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Boznia … etc. Countries with a working infrastructure, but need to get ahead in some knowledge tech.

  27. Abhinav Says:

    This one looks really sleek with the chrome finish and stuff, but so did the initial renderings of the original OLPC, then it made it look like a toy, I’m expecting the same again!

  28. Steve Summers Says:

    If ASUS or MSI (or even HP or Dell) would build these in adult models (something besides acid green, without the neck strap hooks), and sell it for the price of an EEE, Mini-Note or Wind (i.e. $400 to $600), I’d buy it in an instant. I don’t care that it doesn’t have a real keyboard. If I’m going to type something longer than an email reply, I’ll do it with a full size laptop or better yet, my desktop PC. (It will need multi-touch of course, to emulate a keyboard reasonably well).

    But for portable internet browsing, email and document reading, movie viewing, etc, this would be PERFECT.

  29. syawal Says:

    so cool.

  30. tony Says:

    This is great idea. OLPC should be made available to all Kids in the world not just poor country. Thousands kid does not have any computer in here USA. Why there is no co. think to make to available to the kids here first. You can sell it higher and make profit on it and then support the poor kid and also make the product to be better. Think about one DS cost more than $130. This should be much better than DS and a lot parent will like to buy it instead of DS.

  31. Trin Tragula Says:

    I will buy 10 of these the moment they become avaiable. I love the design, I love the features. I’ll give up my MacBook Pro for this any time (given that i did not have to pay for the MBP that’s easy to say lol)
    being the good old realist however, i don’t expect to see anything like this before 2020. in 2010 for 75$??? Too good to believe. I sure hope they prove me wrong!

    Trin

  32. Rick Says:

    I really wonder how high an affordable laptop ranks on the list of immediate needs and priorities of a child in a 3rd world country?

  33. Stephen Says:

    Is Microsoft supporting XP on these things indefinitely then? Or just for a few years?

  34. oomu Says:

    >I really wonder how high an affordable laptop ranks on the list of immediate needs and priorities of a child in a
    >3rd world country?

    it is VERY HIGH.

    you see, people there don”t want just drink fresh water. They want the fresh water AND your house AND your quiet country AND your fridge AND your confort AND your Economy AND ALL the great stuff.

    For that, they need water AND teaching AND technology AND tools AND ways to improve THEIR own country, not just water.

    -
    So the whole goal of the olpc is not simply give a computer, but to give them the possibility to create things with it and even to own how to do the computer. To teach children, and tomorrow to help to change why the country is poor.

    The goal is to force industry to change to create tools useable in difficult lands. not simply give away stupids computers crashing because sand and rain and crappy software they will be forced to pay for centuries.

    It’s one of many project. That project is ReAAAAlly important as all the others.

    so , yeah, it’s an immediate need an priority.

    The same is true for efficient and affordable transportation, for efficient and affordable means of communication, and yeah.. for fridge+water.

  35. oomu Says:

    of course, it’s why many people are angry with the choice to use Windows XP. again the domination : here, to pay foreign commercial software years after years.

  36. Jake Cisco Says:

    They should fix the buggy, slow OPLC that is not ready for market.
    Did it get WPA wireless instead of Wep yet ?
    Really behind the times in that aspect, the CPU chokes like a fat man at a buffet.

  37. Luya Says:

    My XO works with WPA wireless. You should update the build/

  38. Jason Says:

    This is the future. Give it external keyboard (via usb or bluetooth) capability, wi-fi and go with it. Nobody buying a laptop as this price point needs massive storage. Sacrifice storage for weight and battery life; go with flash memory. For under $100, go make and let me know where I can buy one.

  39. atheos Says:

    I wish Apple copied this idea, if there will ever be a “Macbook DS” I’m gonna buy one immediately. Add an automatic pivot feature with an appropriate sensor and voilá.

    Touch screen may not be the most convenient way to type but hey, it’s a laptop. Or actually I’d prefer the term “notebook”. Once you get home you can use the desktp or hook up your external display and keyboard into your laptop. The dual screen setup would be great improvement while on the go.

  40. Marco Meijer Says:

    I’d like to have one of those myself. Cheap and cool.

  41. Anonymous Says:

    This is an image of the future. I want one, book reader would be great like this.

    WIfi built in, slightly responsive screen (tactile) for the keyboard, HSPDA built in.

    I want it.

  42. aj Says:

    microsoft is evil … then what will will tell about mac ? it doesnt have even the basic macromedia and otehr plug in working nor it is opensource..

  43. Anonymous Says:

    You all sound like a bunch of western snobs. It’ll never work. Flat keyboards hurt my tender fingers. It’s resolution will be to low. It takes to long to boot. It’s not the right color. Kids will be made fun of for using this if it isn’t trendy. What about the kids in rural parts of the world that don’t have access to electricity? They’ll power these with a hand crank, set the screen to black and white, and love the flat screen keyboard. Hands that plow fields, milk goats, build buildings, and chop wood, don’t care about ergonomics or style. I think this is a great idea.

  44. Giori Says:

    look this keyboard
    http://klawiatura.wordpress.com/ ideal for X0
    multilanguage!

  45. matthaus woolard Says:

    I think that linux as an operating system will be the best option for this hardware, since multi pointer x is soon to be merged into xorg, (there will be native multi pointer support in linux, therefore making it easer to create a multi touch experience.,
    and also this(laptop) is designed for children and such like, therefore it will not need tools that are available on windows (that are not made for multi touch ) and hence windows does not suet this new design at all. perhaps windows 7 will, but that will not be here in august/September, whereas the multi pointer support will be supported by the end of the moth.

    The hardware is nice, i reckon i could get used to typing on a touch screen (there hasn’t been to much ado about the iphone using a touch screen) and this keyboard will be bigger.

  46. Hans Roman Says:

    This looks so good, but how much money will ths cost? I thought the atractive thing about XO is the price, i guess it won`t be cheaper than the current XO.

    Anyways it`s a great idea.

    Regards.

  47. flatus Says:

    “You all sound like a bunch of western snobs. It’ll never work. Flat keyboards hurt my tender fingers. It’s resolution will be to low. It takes to long to boot. It’s not the right color. Kids will be made fun of for using this if it isn’t trendy. What about the kids in rural parts of the world that don’t have access to electricity? They’ll power these with a hand crank, set the screen to black and white, and love the flat screen keyboard. Hands that plow fields, milk goats, build buildings, and chop wood, don’t care about ergonomics or style. I think this is a great idea.”

    You’re an ergonomic supremacist (j/k)

    But, in truth, I worry about the multitouch keyboard
    1)It’s ok for a mousepad, since the action there is dragging your finger around, not pecking at it for hours
    2)The keys of a physical keyboard fulfill a role (besides sending ASCII values to the computer), and that is of providing tangible feedback. Your fingers feel the key you’re pressing, go down with it and back up. This gives feedback to your hand all throughout the process. Touchscreens that you press may work for an ATM machine, where you’re only doing a few presses while looking at the screen. The keyboard in the OLPC is designed to replace a physical keyboard, something you usually don’t look at while typing. So on that sense, it’s not only an ergonomical problem but also it degrades the usability of the keyboard.

    Before you trash what I say, I’d suggest you read the book “The Design of Everyday Things”. That book really opened my eyes to user-centric design issues people just don’t think of in terms of designing a system.

  48. frankXchange Says:

    It looks like two Apple iTouches taped together and working in tandem. From that point it seems possible to do what OLPC is projecting, although by extension we should see the cost of iTouch technologies plummet in the next two years.

    As for the keyboard, I’m inclined to think the age range these computers are designed for will mean users will use ‘hunt and peck’ for their needs. Haptic feedback is only essential when you’re touch typing (you aren’t using your eyes to locate keys). Still, it would be better if there was a layer that could somehow give localized feedback to fingertips, or failing that, perhaps a removable clear gel overlay with extruded surfaces for buttons.

  49. Richard Chapman Says:

    It’s getting difficult to come up with new words, phrases and analogies to match Microsoft’s audacity. But I think I’ve come up with one that denudes the XO-2, “cardboardware”.

  50. Sradd Says:

    The only concern i would have in the design is the fact that a touchscreen keyboard does not allow you to rest your fingers on the home keys. Finding the correct position for your fingers I don’t think poses much of an issue, but I do think that it will increase the strain on both the fingers and the wrist to maintain an elevated position above the keyboard.

  51. Gizmojunky Says:

    Sounds very interesting, one thing is missing. Why use both panels in book format? Why not fold one behind the other and using one panel which is all you really need, it also saves on battery. Having the option to use both panels would be a nice option though.

  52. *sierra Says:

    Notebook dont fill bellys.

  53. xander21c Says:

    If it going to run with microsoft software you forgot the blue screen of death on that pictures :D

    Sugar Rules :D and work I saw it in Peru

  54. David James Says:

    Absolutely wonderful. Not only does this work as a computer – it serves as a practical e-book and brings books to millions of children without libraries who otherwise would not have access. Every publisher in the world should be making their books compatible with these devices directly, through Google or by any other practical means possible. Nothing serves peace more directly, more passionately, more meaningfully than education. Just do it and quickly!

  55. i-boy Says:

    The screen uses lot of power, here we have 2 screen –> how long can it work ?

    And it can’t be a low-cost device, btw it looks very nice ;-)

  56. Mikhail Poda Says:

    OLPC should pre-load laptop with TONS of good books which would awake children’s imagination e.g. Jules Verne or Java for Dummies.

  57. Anonymous Says:

    Whats with the soft keyboards, unless they start to add a click or vibration to every click, it stinks, and even then your wasting battery, just give me my real keyboard back…

  58. JohSm Says:

    Wow, that’s looking so cool!

    Small and beautiful, hopefully it will be a reality and also contain some kind of wireless and why not also a web camera if possible! so that you would be able to chat around the globe and access the internet!

    Really like the idé about dual screens with, maybe with dual touch functions and customizable keyboard and input interface, depending on what app / language / age of user to use it.

    I would buy three of those for all my kids and pay the double or tripple price to give another 3 or 6 to people that would need one in the third world! (A nice way to get a gadget and help some one else.)

    Some questions that remains is how to charge the device (Solar panel on the backside maybe!)
    Make it robust but still small and very portable!

  59. Miro Says:

    As I understand it, Zonbu already sells PC’s for $299 and laptops for $500. The operating system is not windows.

    OLPC is certainly dynamic and adaptive. It would take a very long time to explain the MIT Media Lab and how it works but from my first impressions of the people there I would certainly like to see them do something about reducing energy consumption in all other appliances.

    Not only is Nick Neg totally realistic but his pricing and forecasts are essentially cost prices given to him by parts manufacturers. I wouldnt mind if I had to assemble it myself like the first Apple computer (now a collectors item).

    Let me assure the cynics that Lego is looking at intelligent bricks also.

    The laptop revolution is only the thin edge. MIT is slated to become the worlds first open-format campus where people can logon from home and get the same education as someone attending the campus. Obviously if you are going to have laptops all over the place you need content.

    The idea that you need Windows is a segue. If your task runs on a different OS and you get the job done then its adequate and sufficient. The reason why Linux stalled is that no person wants to work harder to get the same job done. So in effect, the newer OS ideas come from function not form.

    When you depart from a traditional market model you can also drop PS2 ports and parallel ports. These things belong to legacy environments. So when you enter new markets you only need to bring with it what people are going to use NOW not BEFORE.

    Imagine how much faster windows would run if it didnt need to support functions, timings and routines which are 30 years old. I seem to recall that in the absence of graphics, the P4 processor is far superior to the current C2D and has 128 IRQ registers and much more efficient memory management. Only when you install the processor into a 16/32 bit environment that kills its performance and addressing performance, thus causing 90% of the clock cycles to be wasted by congested IOPS.

    The legacy of current computing is what is holding technology back. What we have here is a computer with no x86 issues. They are free to consider IBM and Blackfin processors. So there is diversity and flexibility in design. By not being on the Microsoft drip they can overcome almost all of the XP failings and have true device drivers.

  60. Steven Harris Says:

    Wow! I hope this design reaches the ebook world…soon!

  61. Bob13 Says:

    Obviously the goal of helping poorer kids to have access to knowledge is brilliant. But this will soo become THE trendy device to have amongst hip urban types, as a statement of one’s awareness of third world problems and ethical concerns. ‘Oh i can afford a Sony Viao on my investement Banker salary but i’ve got an XO-2 because i’m sooo concerned about showing my concern for thirld world issues’. Also, once this happens, won’t this kind of spell the end of the publishing industry? a low cost light weight screen which can read PDF files and Jpegs? Umm, good-bye publishing industry, i’ll just download my latest best-sellers and comic-books for free and read them in bed on my XO-2!!!

  62. Bob13 Says:

    Book and graphic novel industry = Bye-Bye!

  63. SimonW Says:

    Obviously the goal of helping poorer kids to have access to knowledge is brilliant. But this will soo become THE trendy device to have amongst hip urban types, as a statement of one’s awareness of third world problems and ethical concerns. ‘Oh i can afford a Sony Viao on my investement Banker salary but i’ve got an XO-2 because i’m sooo concerned about showing my concern for thirld world issues’. Also, once this happens, won’t this kind of spell the end of the publishing industry? a low cost light weight screen which can read PDF files and Jpegs? Umm, good-bye publishing industry, i’ll just download my latest best-sellers and comic-books for free and read them in bed on my XO-2!!!

  64. eon Says:

    Somehow this second generation device makes me think of the device that Palm was attempting to sell as a companion to cellphones. If you think back on the movie “Strange Days” the main character had a really interesting Alarm clock/ Internet radio/tv device sitting by his bed. This could be used in a similar fashion as well as a companion to the cellphone for caller-id and keyboard input etc. An interface similar to Yahoo Go! would be great. For stockmarket traders, I can imagine realtime streaming quotes and analysis would be ideal on a platform such as this. With a unit like this and a cellphone such as the iPhone, there wouldn’t be much need for regular laptops. Games could be displayed on the device while the iPhone asks as a controller. A slide out dock connector for the iPhone would be great especially if this device has stereo speakers built-in. Full screen map navigation is another possibility that comes to mind. I can imagine this device acting as a secondary display for the iPhone via wifi. The possibilities could be endless.

    PS: Why doesn’t the iPhone have text to speech and speech recognition capabilities???

  65. eon Says:

    If this device were to be sold commercially here in the states, imagine if it had a usb port to allow the connection of a digital tv tuner. It could act as a stand alone portable “watchman” device. If it supports Orb through the browser, it can be an ideal larger screen device for personal media viewing. Also if there were some connectivity with X10 or some other home automation device, this would be ideal as a remote monitor. At $75 this would be the most disruptive device yet!

  66. eon Says:

    Nintendo DS on steroids! That’s what this is and I’m sure it will be copied in a major way.

  67. Teach Says:

    I’m a teacher (USA) and would like some sort of similar technology. While I’m all for levelling the playing field internationally to some degree, my classroom only has 2 computers (none of which are even as powerful as current low-end laptops) for 21 students, a VCR (which I connect MY dvd player to) and no other technology. Take all the cash being spent on the war and hook up our own classrooms. Seriously, if we want to continue being a world-wide leader, we need to have a JFK-esk push for educating our own children on relatively new technology. Between the gov, a few smart tech firms, and our under-employed high-tech workers, producing something of this nature for EVERY classroom in the US should be a top priority of the next Prez.

  68. joygirl Says:

    I think this looks fantastic as an educational model. I can see a text book, social studies, math, etc. with interactive activities. Kids would go crazy for this- a whole textbook on a chip with games and activities to reinforce the learning! It would be great!

  69. Teach Says:

    I just did some quick-math. Given approximately 40 mil elementary-age children in the US, at $100 ($75 + misc expenses) a pop, we’d be able to give all the students access to one of these for $4 bil. Figure secondary schools would have to have something more advanced, perhaps their model would cost $200. Let’s assume there are roughly 50 mil of those, and we’re at $10 bil for secondary-schools. So, for $14 bil ever few years, we could keep up to date technology in the hands of our students (future technology-dependant workers). I would have to think a program of this nature would easily pay dividends for the nation and the economy. Throw in a few thousand for a decent computerized whiteboard per classroom to sweeten the deal, and of course there’s overhead in training the teachers, but with mandatory trainings happening constantly in school districts, those costs are relatively moot.

    Obama, McCain staffers, get on this… I personally think it would be an AWESOME fit for the Obama platform of “change”. Surely a more tech savvy populace could find a way to solve some of the problems that we are currently having.

  70. Hoby Says:

    Excellent news.. good to see they’re not sitting on their laurels. The more kids in need get these, the faster they may lift each other out of poverty, starvation and other social ills. Although I think the software is the more important aspect in this regard, this hardware looks like a good form factor to house their Sugar environment.

    Keep going OLPC, empower the next generation!

  71. pat Says:

    It’s getting ridiculous, this was supposed to be a simple, and durable laptop. How durable is this laptop with touch screens going to be…..hmmm not very. And sending this to 3rd world countries they’re just going to be stolen and sold on the black market.

  72. JayJay Says:

    Impressive!
    Ambitious – sure, but it needs to be to get the attention needed to raise funding.
    As long as the development of the XO2 isn’t done at the expense of the XO1′s development, funding and so on – Go for it!

    Just don’t get blinded by the technology but keep the focus on educating the world as W^L+ already pointed out.

    And what comes to the Microsoft deal, I have to agree with RMS on his blog: http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/can-we-rescue-olpc-from-windows

  73. technosaurus Says:

    Dual displays is a very neat idea (reminiscent of the Nintendo DS) that could have great advantages in terms of flexibility and usability. The virtual keyboard however must use some form of multi-touch technology, otherwise if you had more than one finger on the display it would recognize the average center…very annoying unless you are a hunt and peck typist. Paying for the use of these patents would increase the cost too significantly if they weren’t allowed to use them for free or at least a very low cost. Unless I am mistaken, that this technology is owned by Microsoft. They would be shooting themselves in the foot if they allowed free use of multi-touch on a platform that warms the user to any OS other than Windows. It is ridiculous to expect any publicly held corporation, especially Microsoft, to exhibit this kind of philanthropy when they could use their position to indoctrinate more users to their platform.

  74. VHMP01 Says:

    @ asuseeeforever. You have to be kidding; this idea was sent by in back in January to a Technology Research Lab, and believe me, it was not Apple.

    Anyway, the idea is not only for a Tablet with touch surfaces in which an external keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc. can be plugged in. Nevertheless, another version could also work on Desktops as a graphical plug in input interface.

  75. VHMP01 Says:

    @ asuseeeforever. You have to be kidding; this idea was sent me by in back in January to a Technology Research Lab, and believe me, it was not Apple.

    Anyway, the idea is not only for a Tablet with touch surfaces in which an external keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc. can be plugged in. Nevertheless, another version could also work on Desktops as a graphical plug in input interface.

  76. VHMP01 Says:

    @ asuseeeforever. You have to be kidding; this idea was sent by me in back in January to a Technology Research Lab, and believe me, it was not Apple.

    Anyway, the idea is not only for a Tablet with touch surfaces in which an external keyboard, monitor, mouse, etc. can be plugged in. Nevertheless, another version could also work on Desktops as a graphical plug in input interface.

    (Sorry for the typping mistakes).

  77. Scotty Says:

    It’s a good idea, but I think it would be hard to type without feeling the physical keys on a keyboard.

  78. Oliver Starr Says:

    OLPC needs to sort out the XO first. Announcing a second Give one, Get one program while I am still waiting to receive the XO I bought BEFORE CHRISTMAS LAST YEAR is a total slap in the face.

    Seeing as how my transaction, from delays to being ingnored and then lied to by OLPC customer service I not only find it hard to imagine they can actually produce the new device I have sincere doubts about whether the Give One, Get One laptops that they were supposed to be sending out on behalf of the participants in that program last year actually arrived at their intended recipients.

    Think about it – no proof exists that the laptops we bought and which were supposed to be sent to the third world were ever sent, let alone ended up in the hands of the children that need them. When I have asked OLPC to provide me with proof that the “Give One” laptop that I bought did in fact get to a child in Cambodia my question was simply ignored.

    Add that to the frustration of still waiting for a device that I paid for last year and it all adds up to wondering if OLPC is really doing what they claim to be doing or simply starting a new laptop company using a fraudulent charity scam as a means of financing their efforts.

    If you’re curious about my whole OLPC experience you can read about it here: http://owstarr.com/2008/05/24/is-olpc-a-fraud/

    Oliver Starr
    http://owstarr.com

  79. Onething Says:

    It Looks nice but…………i can only image what the battery life is on those…..image two screens being powered on for it to be used = not so portable….. I’m tired of people saying that touchscreen is new, its not its been around since the early 90′s without the fancy interface. Now what would be cool would be a laptop with a hologram projected touchscreen…. I agree with alot of people on here typing on a flat surface is not that comfortable for extended periods of time. Its like tapping your fingers on a desk all day after a while it starts to hurt…

  80. Onething Says:

    they could have just made flat keyboard back lit by led, that was touch sensitive, save on the battery and it would still look sleek.

  81. Murat Kilciler Says:

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  82. Greg K Says:

    Looks interesting. A few comments.
    1. If they are using Windows, wow that’s a way to cause a product to fail with all kinds of bugs. Although there’s a few bugs with the first Gen XO at least there may be a chance at getting them fixed. Who wants to have Microsoft patching and updating your software with some kind of kludge with extra hassles.

    2. For the commentator above who said, “multi-touch”, it’s not going to happen, unless they cut a deal with Apple that has the patent for that. Why would Apple help OLPC build a WIndows machine.

    3. It looks like they are creating a machine that’s for kids but changing their design philosphy a bit and making it useless for 1st world (buy one give one) sponsors. For those of you lusting for one, take a closer look at the picture of the keyboard on the touchscreen. There’s no querty keypattern there, but Alphabetic layout of the alphabet. If they don’t have a real quirty interface or ability to use a normal keyboard it would make it much more useless for yuppies over here. I have a few of the first XO computers (as a buy one give one sponsor). They have some great features, but lack some horsepower as a “first world” device. The itouch is more powerful in many ways than an XO and cheaper, but the XO has things the itouch doesn’t and visa versa.

    4. It looks like they are able to get hype and get excited about new hardware, but software is much more difficult.

    It’s to bad Apple has kind of abandoned the programmable market when it comes to low level small devices. The iphone and iPod are limited in the OS, because of fear of piracy and people using the machines to their fullest. This is because Apple is making money by partnering with record and movie companies and is making as much or more money from selling tunes and movies as selling hardware. Because of this, Apple has divided loyalties and doesn’t really produce a pure mobile computing product, but a product that delivers other “software” products. In other words, they are selling us another “cable channel” in your pocket. Because of this trend, Apple has kept themselves probably away from being a good partner of an Organizer like OLPC. It’s almost like OLPC is trying to be Apple all over, starting from scratch and inventing hardware, but the “software aspects of it” they are forced to act “on the cheap” because they are not selling an OS but including it in the cheap (free) device. As such, they are left with Unix, Mac offers – if they exist which are geared toward selling itunes stuff, or Microsoft. Not much of a choice there.

  83. Burned once - Says:

    Since I fell for the buy one scheme last year, why oh why would I dish out more money. Bet I can’t even donate last years albatross.

  84. mike Says:

    I’ve been looking to buy an affordable one in Belgium for like a year now.
    This is like a pure teaser…
    As it looks like now, it can become a commercial platform.
    Guess asus, aplle etc.. will take the idea… EEEpc’s ahead.. (even more)

  85. adriana ruiz Says:

    I’m so getting this computer it’s soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cheap that’s why I getting it

  86. andreas Says:

    oh my god, did you see the mason sigil on the front? wow, the UN, the antichrist and linux on multi-multitouchscreens!

  87. Rye Says:

    I had an idea similar to this when I imagined a laptop that can have built-in tablet functionality.

    Of course, this model’s a bit tiny and concept for me, but I can’t wait to see how this design creeps into the overall laptop market, and we start seeing it employed for more professional designs.

  88. joe riehl Says:

    this looks a lot like a project i worked on last year. I would love this product!

    http://www.josephriehl.com/Microsoft.html

  89. TO Says:

    I stumbled across an interesting community yesterday. From the looks of things, the multi-touch interface is quite viable and extremely cheap (a sheet of acrylic paper, a few LED lights from a dollar store and some coding) and there is a strong community experimenting with this technology to build personal cheap versions of extremely high end costly technologies (i.e. Microsoft Surface)

    Explore around: http://nuigroup.com/forums/

  90. TO Says:

    Needless to say, imagine the possibilities if a larger organization with greater resources adopted these techniques.

  91. mike morris Says:

    i want this i need know when sell it and where store too

  92. Shannon Says:

    I don’t see why multi-touch would not be possible since it is entirely software based. Granted the touch-pads that Apple use have upgradeable firmware but I would think it is possible to mimic the same effect with just software. At least to some degree. My brother and I experimented with the DS touchscreen to make a sort of multi-touch. It was working well until we lost interest.

  93. Devon Says:

    The Tactile touchscreen keyboard is already here.

    http://www.intomobile.com/2007/10/25/apple-patent-filed-for-tactile-touchscreen-raised-indented-keys.html

  94. 25+ Computer Tech Says:

    In over twenty five years in the computer industry, I have seen all kinds of devices come and go. Many of which have already been mentioned here, so I will not elaberate too much.

    In all of that time, desktops turned luggables turned portables, in turn to the first true laptop, the lowly Toshiba T1000 and so on. I also have dyslexia, that has caused myself no end of abuse and suffering. The only way I was able to learn to spell better was with a computer with spell checking while typing. This was long after I left school where it would have really made a difference. (Thanks to Google for a handly spell checker!)

    Growing up in Canada many times I ate only one meal a day. I daydreamed technology and continue to do so from time to time.

    OLPC XO-1 concept I came up with years back while still in grade 11 after finding all of the tests that I had to take in a high school business course were horribly degraded from many generations photocoping. As I went I retyped many of the tests and got no thanks for my extra work. We had a prototype computer education system installed. I found it nearly useless and I think that company went under. However times have changed and technology changed with it. If copywrite would olny permit to digitize the US Government’s Liberary of Congeress… Even a decent public library would do wonders!

    I remember the hardships of school. From coping 11 backboards of hand written techer’s notes due to a budget shortfall for everything from paper to overhead projector light bulbs. I had no money for any activity the school wouldn’t provide for free.

    This double screen touch screen would have been ideal for much of my education. Multiple choice tests where one screen can be the question and the other a writting platform with a calculator for math, wow life would have been a breeze. How about reading a book on one side and taking notes on the other? Many times double screens would be useful in business work and sharing a computer with two people working on the same project would be excellent. Anyone use an electronic whiteboard at work yet? How about a elementery class in Texas with a buddy partner in Boston?

    Imagine if people would get over needing copywrite protection for children’s books and learning! Get over the need for text books and phtocopiers? The costs in transporting thousands of tons of paper for a single school is staggering! This has so many good ideas backing it!

    I have read articles stating that in India (several years back) a school might have ONE out of date school book for seven hundred kids in a mixed grade class. Now come back with the complete elimination of this by downloading an open use school book from the internet in to the computer’s onboard memory allowing children to take a light, portable computer home and be able to work. Rather than walk ten miles with a few scraps of paper much less than even ten pounds of books as we do in North America.

    Not only would this save trees, technical costs in other equipment and physical plant sq. footage but it would be so nice to be able to see and talk over the internet in real time with schools world wide and share what we knew. Consider a virtual world communications where a person in Africa could have friends in Asia and Europe?

    North America has become like Xerox with the Graphic User Interface, dumped and forgoten. Apple picked up the torch and here we are and look at what it has changed. Computers have changed the world for business. Now let us do the same with children world wide.

    I wonder if that could be the first step to end political BS? If we allow small children to fourish and learn from each other… yes. I have seen children end bickering between parents. Why not try?

    If OLPC wants a free overview and dynamic bug finder please write! I will gladly donate time to debug any software including school lessons. I know that I was held back in school without a computer at home and even today this OLPC XO-2 would be damn good in my daily life. In my own museum, I have DEC AlphaStations, DEC VAXs, PCs galore, a PDA or two, and even a “Top of the Line” Tandy TRS-80 Model 102 with 32kB and a Vic 20. All of them I use from time to time, all have good points and many, many, many bad.

    How about putting away the differences and politics with all other crap and do something to help the world.

    This OLPC XO-2 is available today off the shelf but needs to be built by someone willing to take the devel by the horns and challenge companies. If we work together, it can be made better. How about the plastic battery from MIT circa 1998? That would make the case itself a battery, saving space and weight not to mention would have 10,000+ recharge cycles by spec. (Electric cars anyone?) As mentioned before, a solar pannel to recharge. How about using a USB port as a charging port and doubles for a keyboard (with spare USB Ports) and mouse?

    How about stop the gripping, BS, politics, posturing and bloody back stabbing and just do it!

  95. Gearman Says:

    Finally the screens are cheap enough that we can have two screens and a real digital book.
    We have been working for this for a long time, and it is wonderful to see.
    We have now reached a new major point for the industry on our way to digital paper.
    We have to get the battery right and the 32gb sdhc cards are available just in time.
    The next question for the industry will the ssd catchup to the sdhc card for cost per meg.
    I hope some one puts the US Air Forces Academia’s e-book Program on it(Fastreader)!

  96. James Says:

    This form factor should have been explored a long time ago, and I’m glad that it is being explored now. But Asus or Sony will come along and make a better version, which will allow for Linux to easily be installed on it, and OLPC will be stuck with Windows, which won’t help kids a bit. Microsoft’s behavior towards people in developing countries is disgraceful; charging them for something, even though they have hardly any money already.

  97. AccountabilityThisTime? Says:

    How about making sure the Get 1 side of the equation gets all the advertised features as the Give 1 side of the equation?

    OR AT LEAST TELL US UP FRONT THAT THE GET 1 WILL BE WATERED DOWN. BIG-F’ING TIME.

    Oh great, this will be good for the kids to use the handcrank. SURPRISE, no handcrank in your Get 1 sucker.
    Ooooh solar panels for when you are tired of cranking; SURPRISE haven’t confirmed but most likely missing.
    Reflective screen for outdoor viewing; SURPRISE haven’t confirmed but most likely missing.
    G Shock protection; SURPRISE better not drop it; there is a warning to that effect (BUT THEY KEEP ADVERTISING IT WITH A BALANCING ACT ON THE KID’s HEAD) You know our kids don’t have that kind of practice. WTF?

    No, I didn’t tell the kids my frustrations. They had to wait like 4 months to finally get their Christmas present in April; so why deny them of this somewhat useful device because it wasn’t as feature rich as advertised, and also came 4 months late?

  98. SomeDude Says:

    Yes this is all good, but will it blend?

  99. Ptk Says:

    F____!!! THIS WAS MY IDEA!!!

  100. Ptk Says:

    except a little different…it’d be 8.5″ by 11″ by 3/4 ” when folded…and it’d only have one touch screen….

    we got it to come out to about $165 to manufacture, though…

  101. Touch what? Says:

    The XO1 had a keyboard with key spacing sized for children’s hands, so that they could learn to touch type while they were learning about their computer.
    The XO2 has a keyboard that could only be thought up by adult males who didn’t take typing in high school and whose only real means of communication is their PDA. Thus, to them, a touchscreen keyboard is really cool because it is just like the one they are used to, only larger.

    THE ULTIMATE IN STUPIDITY: DUMB DOWN THE ORIGINAL USERS!!!!!

  102. Internet? Says:

    MAN, Im wondering IF there is internet on it!! WIll someone plz answer my question?! like does it have google and email and stuff like that on it??????????????????????????????????????????????????????? I think it does but Idk for SURE …….. I WANT ONE SOO BAD, (only if it has internet)

  103. yvonne Says:

    this is so cool i cant wait for this to come out i want one so bad !!!

  104. markb Says:

    Of course the OLPC foundation can do whatever they like, but by holding such public showings they invite comment.
    I’ve been using an XO for a while and I can see it’s potential to profoundly affect education around the world, when it’s finished. It is not yet the complete article (no ebook activity for starters), dodgy keyboards, two ‘spare’ touch pads and a physical design that rapidly looses it’s strength and robustness after a couple of disassemblies (by the way, removing the keyboard from a regular laptop is far, far easier than doing the same with a XO).

    why not spend time and effort completing the XO 1 project, rather than diverting precious resources on the next-big-thing, unless the XO is already considered obsolete?

  105. JT Says:

    Want!

  106. superdrochka Says:

    Hack again?!

  107. kamranovna Says:

    @markb:
    “I’ve been using an XO for a while and I can see it’s potential to profoundly affect education around the world, when it’s finished. It is not yet the complete article (no ebook activity for starters), dodgy keyboards, two ’spare’ touch pads and a physical design that rapidly looses it’s strength and robustness after a couple of disassemblies (by the way, removing the keyboard from a regular laptop is far, far easier than doing the same with a XO).”

    1) it reads .pdf files — what more ebook do you want?
    2) disassemblies?!? Who, especially in the market they were designed for, does that? I’ve had mine since they first came out, have commuted and traveled internationally with it, still looks brand new. Of course, I’m not taking the thing apart repeatedly…

    @all the naysayers who’ve commented:
    I handed mine to my twelve year-old niece, and in fifteen minutes she was programming little things in the python activity. She had no problem figuring out what to do with the xo, or in learning from using it. As for myself, I put OpenOffice on it, and use it as I would a regular laptop. For about $500.00 less. So yeah, I’ll be more than happy to try the new one out.

  108. Olav Says:

    Too bad OLPC got corrupted by M$.

    The modified linux OS looked so easy to use for children.

  109. suana Says:

    alguin sabe si se comercializan en argentinaq. quiero una ya!!

  110. Karama Says:

    Find like minds at the XO Users Group – http://xolaptop.ning.com/

  111. Fredrick Amankwah Says:

    PLeaze Send ME A LAPTOP

  112. Doesn't Matter Says:

    I think it is a brilliant Idea, and where I live – Dubai UAE.. it would work wonders… I myself am a westerner, living here, but this is a brilliant idea, and I would definately buy on in an instant.

  113. JohSm Says:

    Two more options to att to the XOXO :

    First why don’t use a cheap longrange radio transmitter for the datacommunication (As an alternative to the wireless chipset.) Back to basic cheap FM/AM transmitters, coudn’t you use a built in “CB-Radio / WalkiTalki” and lower the transmission rate to 75 or 300 baud to get a longrange wireless chat network?

    Or maybe just build in an AM and RTTY receiver that gets information and news feeds/updates world wide on some fixed frequencies around the globe….

    Then information and news would be easy to distribute at a low cost!

    In the 3′rd generation i guess a “XO-3 model” would also incorporate a LCD projector as the sizes of those now are really small, a GPS receiver and Memory card reader to hold add on programs / books etc

    /J

  114. Maxim Says:

    hello,

    personally I think its a great idea, however its a bit to little to late. now before you all start jumping out of your seat pulling hair and calling me an idiot, read to the end… :)

    the dual screen PC is not an innovation, there were attempts to produce just such a device in the past by Asus and other companies. now that doesn’t mean its not a good idea, just a good old idea.
    second, i see a lot of people saying the low power device availability is a problem. well i have to disagree, there have been and will be in the future many low power consuming devices out there that can be integrated into this kind of device and today processor technology is making advancements at an astronomical rate so is not difficult to imagine this computer in action well sooner then 2010.
    three, people can complain all they want about DVD screens been low rez and low quality, but i for one think that portable DVD screens are good enough. there are many models out there that can be used and besides, there are plenty low cost solutions out there.
    four, multi touch… well for some reason people think that multi touch is some sort of miracle invention that cant be duplicated since apple came out with the iphone, well brothers and sisters here it is. multi touch IS SIMPLE SOFTWARE, if a 14year old kid on youtube can make his tablet become a multi touch with just a few software changes, or a guy can make a multi touch sketch pad out of a shoe box then its that simple!

    in short, the guys at OLPC have promised to give us Star trek like computer of the future.. well i salute them for that. but lets all remember that the technology to do so was around for far longer then we realize, the reason it wasn’t implemented till now is pure economics, why bother market a new type of invention if the old one has not yet paid of its dev. costs…

  115. superman Says:

    seems pointless to send starving kids laptops.

  116. Muse Says:

    I recall reading this 6 months ago, but now am working on a couple funded projects having to do with energy awareness in the states. We are buying netbooks because they are cheaper than creating custom hardware for the first stage roll-out. Second stage roll-out could by in the 1000s to 10,000′s of units. The programmable touch panel for keyboard is perfect for our purposes.

    As for touch typing. Anyone my age isn’t qualified to comment because we are too vested in the old way of doing things. I learned to touch type on a manual keyboard which had (and still has) the keys arranged to slow the typist down so that the hammers wouldn’t get stuck. Attempts with more efficient arrangements, like the Dvorak or Maltron layout never took off. Such physical devices were too personal to share and not portable. Back when I worked on desktops systems all day, I had a split keyboard that worked well, but now I use a laptop, which means that typing is harder, once again. Fortunately, I have a Wacom tablet to ease the the cut, paste, and arrange tasks.

    With a dynamic keypad, multi-touch, and some coding Python, I will personally make sure that such a device has a Maltron-style layout, where each finger has one column and each thumb has one row. Match that with predictive autocorrect, and you’ll have text input arrange that is *easier* than the status quo, not less!

  117. arg0 Says:

    A full virtual keyboard, besides the ergonomic issues, needs multi-touch, otherwise you’ll have to settle for “sticky” modifier keys (shift, ctrl, alt…), which is awkward: e.g., think of uppercase letters, symbols, copy&paste…

  118. arg0 Says:

    @Maxim,
    multi-touch is not just software on common touchscreens. The commonly used touch-screens have a XY-electrode grid which suffers from “shadow” points in case of multi-touch, i.e. simultaneously pressing 1 and 9 on a touch keypad yields the same signal as pressing 3 and 7. Therefore, multi-touch on a normal display only works for very specific applications (when no triangle formed by any 3 multi-touchable points has a right angle and an edge parallel to the X or Y axis) and, on a keyboard, would require ad-hoc placement of keys, i.e. re-training.
    To make those touch screens true multi-touch, you need to read out electrode lines/columns individually, which in most cases requires changes in the electronics.

  119. stella Says:

    wow,it is so cool!I am eagerly awaiting to see the face!

  120. adetola adelu Says:

    I heard about xo,but yet to afford one for my children. you may be of help to get 3 olpc across to me,thanks

  121. JohSm Says:

    I was just wondering,

    iPad – did they steal the conceptual design partly from the XO3?

    Maybe Apple should give some of their enormous profit to this project or add an option to support the development of the XO3 for each iPad they do sell!

    When the XO3 was initially discussed everybody was thinking that it was impossible to produce such a product/device, today it’s not! It’s basically allready here!

    Why don’t ask Apple to convert the iPad to an cheap XO3 / XO4 version:

    Make it more resistant to water / sunlight and smudge and attach a solar panel to it!
    (Simply an industrial version of the iPad)

    Remove some memory, less is cheaper!
    Replace the display panel, scratch proof, optimized for sunlight and outdoor usage!
    Replaceable battery, changeable higher capacity!
    Use cheaper components for wireless.
    Reuse the iPhone 3GS instead of the iPadchipset, maybe cheaper and it would not compete with the iPad performance.

    Use an open version of the “iPhone/iPad” OS, with free development tools but keep some compatibility!

    Then you are clear to go! (You don’t need to re-invent it all.)

    /J

  122. Huzaim Says:

    the product is maxaaa

  123. yoetama Says:

    electronic goods are good, especially if developed by the creative hands would be better and useful also not boring.

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