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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.

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India orders 250,000 OLPC laptops

India orders 250,000 OLPC laptops

The OLPC project has had a welcome injection of orders from a market that was once among their most-vocal critics.  The Indian government have bought 250,000 XO laptops, after their attempts to create a $10 laptop rival failed; the challenge began after a successful 2007 trial of the OLPC's machine in which 20 XO units were placed in a Maharashtra school.

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]

Sugar on a Stick: OLPC without the XO-1

Sugar on a Stick: OLPC without the XO-1

Part of the OLPC project's appeal has been its innovative Sugar OS; now Sugar Labs have released a public beta of Sugar on a Stick (SoaS), which allows anybody to create a portable Sugar environment that will run on any computer.  Fitting onto a 1GB USB memory stick, SoaS combines a compressed version of Fedora 11 with the Sugar Labs amendments.

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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.

 

20 to 40hr notebook runtime promises new Pixel Qi displays

20 to 40hr notebook runtime promises new Pixel Qi displays

Pixel Qi, the company formed by ex-OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen, have been talking up their super-efficient display technology and the impact it could have on mobile device runtime. According to Jepsen, Pixel Qi are currently working with notebook and e-book manufacturers on applications using a color and video capable e-paper, with power demands a fraction of traditional LCD screens.

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OLPC Give One, Get One restarts on Amazon

OLPC Give One, Get One restarts on Amazon

OLPC have restarted their Give One, Get One scheme, which allows buyers to purchase an XO laptop for themselves while at the same time donating one to a child in the developing world.  In fact, two options are available: $199 simply donates an XO, while the full scheme is $399.  OLPC have partnered with Amazon to process the orders; in the US, XO laptops will begin shipping in 30 days.

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OLPC XO-1 WinXP edition: slow start-up but shows promise

OLPC XO-1 WinXP edition: slow start-up but shows promise

After Microsoft and the OLPC project made their OS deal official, we all knew Windows XP was going to end up on the XO-1 notebook.  Laptop Mag scored an invite to check out the system, which will begin shipping with XP as a dual-boot option in September.  XP runs from a separate SD card hidden behind the screen, and currently the XO-1's own internal 1GB of flash memory is not accessible.  Start-up speeds are lower than promised, too; Laptop Mag have a video of it in action, but all you really need to know is that where Microsoft promised 50 seconds, it actually took 1 minute 24 seconds. 

OLPC Windows XP version in production for September launch

OLPC Windows XP version in production for September launch

Microsoft has released to the OLPC project the specially tweaked version of Windows XP that will be offered on the XO notebook.  The new version of the machine should be available in September, according to James Utzschneider, General Manager of Marketing and Communications for the Unlimited Potential Group.

OLPC XO-2 has native MultiTouch, haptic feedback likely

OLPC XO-2 has native MultiTouch, haptic feedback likely

The OLPC team probably predicted that their ever-so-slick XO-2 renders would prompt some "is it feasible?" critique, mainly due to its inclusion of dual-touchscreens.  Intended to fold down the middle like a book, the two screens would serve either as facing pages or as a screen and virtual keyboard.  Pixel Qi, the company set up by former OLPC chief technology officer Mary Lou Jepsen, will be responsible for providing the display panels themselves, and she's been answering some questions on what functionality the XO-2 will carry and how a $20 touchscreen price-point is feasible.

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