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.


SlashGear Week in Review – May 25th

After a few weeks of budget, mobile laptops grabbing the headlines, its been the turn of monstrous gaming machines to storm the limelight.  Acer announced their first serious gamer’s desktop, the Aspire Predator, which is intended to take the breed out of the boutique and into mainstream computer stores.  Alienware struck back with an updated Area-51 ALX; the industry’s first overclocked 4GHz Core 2 Extreme aimed to put Acer back into their place.


OLPC XO-2 concept: $75 for dual-touchscreens by 2010?

It’s tricky, as a tech company, predicting how people will react to your latest shiny concept.  In OLPC‘s case, I’ve a sneaking suspicion that many will be saying “concentrate on hitting that promised $100 price-point with your current laptop” rather than spending too much time cooing over a render that really looks too good to be true (even for the estimated 2010 launch).  The OLPC XO-2 has dual-touchscreens and can be used in traditional laptop orientation, via an on-screen keyboard, or as an eBook with the hinge running down the middle. 


SlashGear Week in Review – May 18th

ASUS continued their assault on the budget computing market this week, with the Eee PC 900 finally launching in the US while its Intel Atom powered sibling the PC 901 broke cover.  We also saw a live photo of the Eee Box B202, a desktop version.  It looks as though the rumors of a separate Eee brand could be true; the ASUS logo is notable for its absence on the new products.  Meanwhile, OLPC and Microsoft finally shook hands on a Windows XP deal for the XO education notebook, and Fujitsu showed off their own Atom-based ultraportable, the U2010 UMPC complete with 3.5G WWAN and GPS.


OLPC and Microsoft finally reach XO Windows deal

After a great deal of “are they, aren’t they?” rumor and negotiation, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project have finally agreed a deal with Microsoft to put Windows XP on the low-cost notebooks. As a result, starting from next month a Windows version of the XO machine will be available in five or six countries, with a large scale release following in August or September. However, unlike early rumors, the XO will not – at least initially – be able to dual-boot between Windows or the original Linux-based OS.


OLPC – the newest target of overclocking

I thought for sure this guide was going to involve DIP switches when I read that this computer only has a 433MHz processor. But it didn’t, its all software, or more precisely, firmware based.

The requirements are quite low too, you must have an OLPC, you must have a developer key or have disabled security prior to this hack, and you must be perfectly OK with bricking your OLPC if you screw up. The upside is that there is at least one report of someone overclocking their OLPC to 566/233 without having any issues such as system instability or overheating.

[Photo Credit: Aaron]


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.



Microsoft denies working with OLPC on dual-boot Windows OS

History, it seems, repeats itself with the OLPC project.  Shortly after founder Nicholas Negroponte announced a dual-boot Linux/Windows XP version was being developed with Microsoft, including possible support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft have themselves debunked the story and denied their involvement:

“While we have investigated the possibility in the past, Microsoft is not developing dual-boot Windows XP support for One Laptop Per Child’s XO laptop. As we announced in December, Microsoft plans to publish formal design guidelines early this year that will assist flash-based device manufacturers in designing machines that enable a high-quality Windows experience. Our current goal remains to provide a high-quality Windows experience on the XO device.

In addition, there will be limited field trials in January 2008 of Windows XP for One Laptop Per Child’s XO laptop. Microsoft recommends contacting the company directly for any further updates”  Microsoft statement


OLPC splinter-group promises $75 laptop rival

In yet another bizarre twist to the unravelling OLPC saga, former-CTO Mary Lou Jepsen has established a rival company – Pixel Qi – and announced plans to develop and market a $75 laptop using low-power displays she patented while working on the One Laptop Per Child project. 



OLPC to dual-boot Windows & Linux after new Microsoft deal

After the surprise withdrawal of Intel from the OLPC board (taking their money, technical support, potential chip supply and order-poaching salespeople home with them), news comes from the Negroponte camp that they’ve been working on adding dual-boot Linux and Windows XP to the laptop. 



Intel’s attempt to poach Peruvian OLPC sales prompted split

The surprise pull-out of Intel from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project might have been down to an Intel saleswoman’s aggressive marketing tactics with an Peruvian education minister, attempting to dissuade the official from ordering thousands of OLPC XO1 units in favour of the chip-manufacturer’s own Classmate PC.



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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