After much anticipation, non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child finally launched their affordable, child-friendly slate on Walmart’s website today. OLPC teamed up with multimedia equipment maker Vivitar to produce the $150 XO Tablet, which features a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen with a 1.6-GHz dual-core processor running Android Jelly Bean. It also comes with front and rear cameras and Wi-Fi connectivity and is available for pre-order starting today on Walmart’s website, and will be available in stores in August.
OLPC was founded in 2005 with the mission to empower the world’s poorest children through education by providing each of them with a rugged, affordable, low-power and connected laptop. The first product of their efforts, the XO laptop, was available starting late 2006, and has now been through four iterations. OLPC’s plans to produce a tablet for the world’s children have been troubled, with plans for its self-made XO 3 Tablet scrapped in 2012, but after teaming up with hardware maker Vivitar, its efforts appear to have finally borne fruit.
OLPC claims that its first tablet is also the world’s first multilingual and Google-Certified tablet. Currently available in English and Spanish, the device will also be available in Canada and Europe in French and Italian later this year.
It features XO software designed by the OLPC, including the XO Learning System and the Dreams Dashboard, which tailors learning modules to children based on their career goals. It also comes with more than 100 free pre-loaded apps, games, books and other content. It was not immediately clear whether the XO Tablet would be made available in developing countries or whether the company’s U.S. profits would benefit its charitable efforts overseas.