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


May 21, 2008