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OLPC gets $5.6m Marvell grant; XO-3 tablet not due until 2012

OLPC gets $5.6m Marvell grant; XO-3 tablet not due until 2012

Marvell and the OLPC project have already announced they plan to work together on the upcoming XO-3 slate, and now money is changing hands too.  OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte has apparently confirmed to Xconomy that Marvell has pledged a $5.6m grant in return for using their chips in the new tablet.

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OLPC XO-1.5 HS physical keyboard gets video tested

OLPC XO-1.5 HS physical keyboard gets video tested

We're still waiting to see what the OLPC team make of the Marvell Moby tablet reference platform, but until then we'll make do with the promise of dramatically improved text entry abilities on the current model.  The OLPC XO-1.5 HS (where the "HS" stands for "High School") throws out the membrane keyboard and replaces it with a proper 'board, after the Uruguay government decided they wanted to roll out the netbook to their older students.

Christoph Derndorger from OLPC News managed to grab some hands-on time with the XO-1.5 HS while he was in Asución, and the feedback is good.  Typing is far easier than with the membrane 'board, though OLPC has used a physical keyboard with an unusual arrow key layout; rather than the traditional T-formation, they're all lined up in a single row.

Video demo after the cut

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OLPC founder offers advice & tech access to Indian $35 tablet project

OLPC founder offers advice & tech access to Indian $35 tablet project

OLPC are beavering away at their Marvell-based tablet design, but that doesn't mean founder Nicholas Negroponte hasn't time to pen a few suggestions for the Indian government and their $35 tablet.  In an open letter, Negroponte offers "full access to all of our technology, cost free" to the Indian team responsible for the low-cost tablet, along with the warning that they should prioritize content creation not, as on the iPad, content consumption.

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OLPC XO-1.75 will support multitouch

OLPC XO-1.75 will support multitouch

The One Laptop Per Child project has announced it will be adding touch and multitouch support to the OLPC XO-1.75, the next generation version of their convertible netbook.  The first step is updating the Sugar OS to support touchscreen technology; so far, Sayamindu Dasgupta's port of the MeeGo on-screen keyboard has already been completed.

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OLPC Becomes the OTPC? Story still not credible

OLPC Becomes the OTPC? Story still not credible

I've written in the past about the tragedy of the OLPC. Last week, there was news that the OLPC folks were moving forward with a new device, the XO-3, a new tablet initiative designed to bring a tablet to market. Forget about the fact that the XO-2 never emerged from vapor, now it's all about the XO-3. It's also not about laptops anymore it seems. The new XO-3 is a tablet because keyboards aren't a good idea (perhaps the organization needs to be called the OTPC now?). Promising the best of devices such as the Kindle and high-end tablet features combined in one, the new device will be seen at CES 2011 for $75.

Call me skeptical. Very skeptical.

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OLPC adopt Marvell Moby tablet platform for XO-3

OLPC adopt Marvell Moby tablet platform for XO-3

OLPC have polarised opinion with their approach to computer systems for developing nations, and now the organisation has partnered with Marvell to try to deliver on their latest XO-3 tablet.  The new slates will be based on Marvell's Moby platform - as demonstrated back in March - and are unlikely to look like OLPC's ambitious, eye-catching renders.

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OLPC license Pixel Qi 3qi low-power displays for XO laptops

OLPC license Pixel Qi 3qi low-power displays for XO laptops

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and Pixel Qi have announced a cross-licensing agreement that will see the former's affordable laptops for developing nations use the latter's 3qi low-power displays.  It comes as little surprise, perhaps, what with Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen being an ex-OLPC team member; the Pixel Qi panels were always planned to head back to OLPC and reduce the energy-efficient laptops' power consumption even further.

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OLPC XO-1.5 approved by FCC, releasing soon?

OLPC XO-1.5 approved by FCC, releasing soon?

The OLPS XO-1.5 was previously announced in 2009, and was believed to come in January 2010.  It hasn’t been released yet, but has just reportedly received approval from the FCC, always a milestone to watch for.

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The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child

The Tragedy of One Laptop Per Child

It didn't come as much as a surprise, but the good folks working on the One Laptop Per Child Project announced that the that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been shelved and in what appears to be bowing to the hype of tablet form factors, they've announced the new XO-3. Yawn. Feels like we've been here before and you know why? It's because we have.

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OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

OLPC XO-3 pencilled in for $100 2012 launch

After announcing last month that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been abandoned in favor of a more straightforward slate-style XO-3 device, the One Laptop Per Child project have now released renders of what that tablet might look like.  The work of Yves Behar, the design has an 8.5 x 11 inch touchscreen, would use inductive charging, be waterproof and cost around $100.  It's also expected to combine a Pixel Qi indoor/outdoor display with plastic screen components from Plastic Logic.

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Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry released [Video]

Sugar on a Stick v2 Blueberry released [Video]

Sugar Labs have released v.2 "Blueberry" of their Sugar on a Stick virtualized OS, intended for deployment in education settings.  Originally released in public beta back in April, the platform was originally developed for the OLPC XO-1 notebook but subsequently spun out for any Windows, Mac or Linux computer.

Give A Little Bit… Of Tech

Give A Little Bit… Of Tech

“Wow! So you just pull two fingers apart on the screen to zoom in on the site?” This was my mother’s reaction last week to seeing the power of pinch-to-zoom on her new iPhone 3GS. Yes, just last week my mother, a successful business woman but a technophobe at heart, discovered that the iPhone has a little thing called multitouch! You know, that small feature that made Apple’s first phone go down in cellphone history.  And her amazement didn’t stop there; she was blown away by every phone feature from the Notes application’s “cute” handwriting font to the “cool” animation of the trash can that sucks down messages like a “garbage disposal.”

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