Begun in 2007, One Laptop Per Child reports having distributed over 2 million XOs the world over. The laptops are designed to enable reading and learning with internet connectivity. The latest version, designed by fuseproject, debuted at CES 2012 and costs just under $100, down by almost half from its earlier form. For a quick overview of the XO-3, mainly from the perspective of fuseproject founder Yves Behar, see Dezeen.
CES also introduced competition for the XO: the Aakash Ubislate 7, a tablet that retails at just $50.
According to the OLPC faq, “OLPC is based on constructionist theories of learning pioneered by Seymour Papert and Alan Kay, and on the principles in Nicholas Negroponte’s book Being Digital” [link added].
by Zoe Fox / Mashable Tech / 8 January 2012
One Laptop Per Child will unveil its XO 3.0 tablet at the Consumer Electronics Showin Las Vegas Monday. The fully functional tablet is designed to be inexpensive, use little energy and brave extreme weather conditions.
The rugged tablet includes the Marvell ARMADA PXA618 SOC processor, Avastar Wi-Fi SOC, standard or Pixel Qi sunlight-readable display, and supports Android and Linux operating systems. Unlike any other tablet on the market, it can be powered by solar energy, other alternative sources or hand-cranks.
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