One Laptop Per Child’s XOXO

One Laptop Per Child, or OLPC, is an organization that makes cheap, but not poor quality, computers to benefit children in less fortunate situations. They’ve been committed to making these laptops $100 (though they’re currently priced at $188) to help schools be able to afford these computers, dubbed XO. Well now OLPC has announced the second incarnation of the XO, now called the XOXO, seems like quite an ambitious leap.

The new XO 2.0 would feature a dual touch screen, only consume one watt of power and retail for $75 when it comes out in 2010. This sounds like a lovely idea, but really? How in the hell would this possible? An iPhone has one touch screen a quarter the size of the one of those screens and it goes for $400. The keyboard would be on the touch screen, but wouldn’t you need some sort of haptic response to know that you’re typing? I think it would be obnoxious to hear a fake key sound every time I hit a letter. This is the equivalent of that book Penny owned from Inspector Gadget!

I just really don’t see how they’re going to cram all of that technology AND do it on the cheap BY 2010. I know Yves Behar is an amazing designer, but I don’t think even Jonathan Ive could figure this one out. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong!

Found through Gizmodo


5 Comments One Laptop Per Child’s XOXO

  1. Kristian Kruse May 21, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    I agree that it may seem like an impossible task, but still – what you have to take into consideration is that a lot of companies contributing to this project are more willing to support the idea of providing cheap computers to 3rd world. This allow OLPC to minimize costs.

    Furthermore, it is not “fair” to compare the project to iPhone, think about how much design and research costs! That is at least $300 ;-)

    Thanks for a good site!

  2. Halle May 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    I did the buy 1- get 1 XO laptop program last fall. It’s a cool machine, but it wouldn’t hurt from a v2. And no matter how much people complain, it’s better than the alternatives for kids in developing countries.

    To your comment on pricing– the margins Apple makes on the iPhone are ridiculous. I believe the XO program is a non-profit with grants and a foundation to offset high costs.

    What this idea really needs is better support from established companies like Apple, Intel, etc.

  3. tina May 21, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    A noble idea doomed to failure. They can’t manage the basics. Shipping? Customer service? Tech support? Upgrades?

  4. Kristian Kruse May 22, 2008 at 4:59 AM

    Give them time. It is not easy being a non-profit company and starting up a pretty ambitious project. Shipping etc. will get better along the way, al though some companies could/should contribute more to easy the pain…

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