OLPC XO Tablet Takes Shape: Future Of Education, On A Slate

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One Laptop Per Child is a wonderful organization. Despite their failedattempts to provide thousands of laptops to students around the globefor under $100 (the machines ended up being slightly more expensive thanthey had hoped), that has not prevented the company from shipping mininotebooks to classrooms all around the world, helping children learn in away that they otherwise would not if it hadn't been for OLPC'sdetermination. The green XO laptop is now a symbol of hope andexcitement, and we're thrilled to see the next generation of OLPC takingshape.

As the tablet revolution marches on, OLPC is looking into creating atablet for the future generations of students in developing nations (andin first-world nations, too). The entity has recently teamed withMarvell in order to develop a new XO Tablet, which will be based aroundMarvell's "Moby" slate reference design. This slate will also feature amulti-lingual soft keyboard with touch feedback,enabling it to serve millions more children who speak virtually anylanguage anywhere in the world. It's design is simple, which is perfectfor a learning tool, but the inside is astoundingly powerful.

The device will be designed to work with mesh networks and will featurean application to directly access more than 2 million freebooks available across the Internet. It will have a very long (exactspecs on the battery have not been made public) battery life, as well assupport for Flash 10, two-way teleconferencing, video chatting, andeven 1080p video playback. Marvell's ARMADA 610 (1GHz) processor will bethe heartbeat of the tablet, and there will also be an 802.11n Wi-Fimodule and support for Android, Ubuntu (Linux) and Windows Mobileoperating systems. We suspect that each school will be able to decidewhich OS best fits their needs.

No specific pricing details have been talked about, but we get the ideathat a sub-$100 point is being aimed at. Even if it winds up beingsomewhat more expensive, this still seems like a great teaching tool andit would certainly benefit students around the globe. Good luck OLPC,the kids are pulling for you!
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realneil replied on Sun, May 30 2010 8:25 AM

Cheap tablet is good. more power to them.

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