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OLPC scrap dual-display XO-2; single-sheet “model 3.0 slate” in works

OLPC scrap dual-display XO-2; single-sheet “model 3.0 slate” in works

OLPC chairman Nicholas Negroponte has revealed that the twin-display OLPC XO-2 2.0 project has been scrapped, in favor of an updated - but cosmetically identical - revamp of the existing 1.0 XO-1 model and a new, model 3.0 that has "totally different industrial design, more like a sheet of paper".  Speaking to Xconomy, the outspoken exec also sought to redefine the initial, well-publicized aim of "the $100 laptop" in terms of total cost of ownership: $1 per child per week to buy, maintain and connect the machine.

More OLPC model 3.0 details after the cut

Pixel Qi working on three-in-one display

Pixel Qi working on three-in-one display

Pixel Qi is working on a new display that includes three different functions into one convenient product. It would feature color and black-and-white modes like the XO-1, but also have an e-paper mode for an easier-on-the-eyes experience.

According to the company's chief, Mary Lou Jepsen, the new screens would eventually have touchscreen features. The goal here is to make a screen that can be read under full daylight, use the least amount of power possible and do more than just show images.

There's a real desire to add touch functionality. While Pixel Qi displays have been used primarily in OLPC notebooks so far, they can now also be used in products for other companies, though who they are is not yet known.

[via Electronista]

OLPC XO-2 to be open-source hardware

OLPC XO-2 to be open-source hardware

OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte has revealed that the OLPC XO-2 - the dual-touchscreen sequel to the XO-1 - will be released with an open-source hardware design.  Describing the approach "as if we were Google", compared to the first-generation notebook which was "designed as if we were Apple", Negroponte says that all hardware components - including the dual displays and the touch-sensitive, force-feedback, haptic keyboard - will be available to third-parties to develop.

Indian $10 laptop to get February 3rd unveil

Indian $10 laptop to get February 3rd unveil

A collaborative team between the Indian governments ministry of science and ministry of technology will unveil a super-low-cost computer on February 3rd, as part of the country's $10 laptop project.  Specifications of the notebook - which is intended for education use - are unconfirmed, but unofficial sources suggest it will have 2GB of memory, both ethernet and WiFi connectivity, the ability to expand the storage and low power requirements of just 2W, all in a small, portable package.

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Amazon OLPC orders threatened over shipping delays

Amazon OLPC orders threatened over shipping delays

Delays in shipping have caused Amazon UK to begin informing OLPC buyers that their notebook orders may be cancelled.  Sales began back in November, after the OLPC partnered with Amazon to restart the Give 1, Get 1 project where buyers purchase two XO-1 notebooks, one for themselves and the other donated to a child in a developing country.  However, automated emails from Amazon citing delays in OLPC shipping the XO-1 have suggested that delivery delays in excess of 30 days will see the order cancelled.

 

Open-Mesh offers mesh-network WiFi extension for $49

Open-Mesh offers mesh-network WiFi extension for $49

WiFi is great until you start reaching the fringes of your router's range, at which point throughput slows to a trickle and you start dreaming of nice, reliable ethernet cables.  Happily there's an alternative to snaking CAT-5 around your skirting boards; Open-Mesh makes Mini-Routers that, when plugged in and registered, automatically create a mesh-network and thus boost your WiFi coverage.

OLPC reviewer: ‘There’s a lot to like’

OLPC reviewer: ‘There’s a lot to like’

With all the boardroom shuffling, accusations of conflicted interest and mysterious OS rumors, it's easy to forget that the OLPC project is actually producing working laptops.  In fact, the XO-1 went on sale last November, as part of a "Give One, Get One" scheme in which North American buyers purchased two of the devices, one for themselves and the other to be donated to needy children.  Reg Hardware's Brian Hurley pre-ordered an XO-1 and had it delivered a few weeks ago, and has put together an impressively comprehensive review of the bright green device the makers would have us believe can change the world.

 

Intel pull plug on their OLPC support

Intel pull plug on their OLPC support

The main challenge for the OLPC team was meant to be finding enough orders for their developing-nation laptops, but ructions between them and their hardware partners may be an even bigger struggle.  Intel, who have both sat on the OLPC board and were possibly set to provide the processor for the PC, have resigned their position and withdrawn all technical and financial support after OLPC asked them to cease promoting rival low-cost laptops.

"OLPC had asked Intel to end our support for non-OLPC platforms, including the Classmate PC, and to focus on the OLPC platform exclusively.  At the end of the day, we decided we couldn't accommodate that request" Chuck Molly, Intel Spokesman

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