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The $100 Laptop Goes Into Production

OLPC Goes Into Mass Production
One of the new poster children for the new social web is one most of us will probably never get our hands on. The XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation is a low-cost, low-powered, rugged laptop aimed at developing nations.

In case you haven't been paying attention, the XO or OLPC (or $100 Laptop as it's called) is a first-of-its-kind project loaded with new technologies and innovative features. A unique display runs in both a high resolution and sunlight-readable black and white mode along with a normal color mode for indoor viewing. The laptop also has a special ultra-wide touch pad that can be used with either a finger or a stylus as a drawing pad, while a special ultra low-power mesh Wi-Fi network allows for sharing an Internet connection between several PCs. It even extends the range of a typical Wi-Fi antenna by using the laptops as repeaters.

The laptops have finally met their threshold for mass production of 3 million orders. Though the laptops have climbed in price from the original goal of $100 to roughly $175, interest is still strong. Quanta, the largest laptop manufacturer in the world (they build laptops for Dell and Apple amongst others), will begin assembling the machines in bulk shortly. Now if only the rumored commercial version would be announced soon, some of us geeks would love to get our hands on one of these.

From The BBC

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Tags: developing, negroponte, olpc, one laptop per child, OneLaptopPerChild, open source, OpenSource, politics, quanta, xo

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