When the next iteration of One Laptop Per Child’s notebook arrives, it will be called the XO Touch and will feature multitouch technology from Neonode. In a blog post, OLPC
stated that Neonode’s technology enables speedy multitouch performance that’s energy conscious--a must for these machines that will be in the hands of kids in developing nations--and features gesture-activated wakeup, low-latency stylus input, and intelligent touch sensors.
The XO Touch, the successor to the XO-1.75 laptop, and is a laptop/tablet hybrid device not unlike the ill-fated tablets that Microsoft produced years ago. It features a has a 7.5-inch “sunlight-readable” dual mode TFT LCD display that swivels around and snaps into place when users want to use the device as a tablet or e-reader. The display should be in full color with a resolution of 300 dpi with power consumption of just 2W.
XO-Touch (Image credit: SlashGear)
There are few other details available about the XO Touch, but it’s likely that the guts of the thing are similar to those of the XO-1.75, which features a Marvell Sheeva ARM processor (800MHz), 1GB of DDR3 SDRAM memory (800MHz), and 4-8GB of flash storage (expandable with an internal microSD card).
The cost of the XO Touch is anyone’s guess, but OLPC works hard to keep it as low as possible; it’s likely that it will come in somewhere between $75-$150, judging from past pricing.
OLPC is also working on the XO-3, a true tablet that’s slated for production this year.