In 2005, OLPC launched the XO laptop
, a low-cost, low-power computer designed for children in developing countries.
Our main research questions aim at understanding how to insert a technological artifact (the XO laptop
), which was built in different context and culture, into the school practices of another country, preserving this country's own cultural values.
As its website states, "By giving children their very own connected XO laptop
, we are giving them a window to the outside world, access to vast amounts of information, a way to connect with each other, and a springboard into their future" (OLPC, 2009).
Cotten and a team of researchers surveyed 1,202 fourth- and fifth-graders in the Birmingham City School System who participated in the nation's largest distribution of XO laptop
computers during the 2008-09 academic year.
The One Laptop per Child non-profit develops a low-cost laptop -- the "XO Laptop
" -- to revolutionize how the world's children are educated.
Though Negroponte's initial goal was to sell the XO laptop
for $100 or less, the sales price per laptop in a bulk order is about $188.
Negroponte told Forbes if OLPC only achieves half of the XO-3 concept, the resulting device could be a game changer with far reaching consequences.<p>Other OLPC plans <p>In addition to the XO-3, OLPC announced two updates to the original XO laptop
:<p>XO 1.5 - The XO 1.5 is the same industrial design as the XO 1.0.
I can't believe it's mine to keep!", Fairouz exclaimed as she protectively dusted off the pale green cover of her new XO laptop
, and recorded an interview with the screen sized video and built-in camera.Aa The XO laptop
is part of an advanced teaching tool developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that some believe can revolutionize education in developing countries.
The introduction of the so-called ultra-portables, or Eee PC, is being hailed as a milestone in PC evolution and why not?After all, here's a fully functional, albeit basic, notebook PC?running Windows or Linux which is small and light enough to be convenient, and cheap enough for low budget - or less fortunate- users.It comes at a time when Intel is launching a ClassMate PC, which is its own cheap notebook, and a consortium is launching the XO Laptop
; both of which caused much fanfare in the media for the last couple of years, but seem to be superceded now by the commercially available ulta-portables from the likes of HP, Acer, Asus and MSI.
Inventor Mary Lou Jepsen, a scientist who developed the XO Laptop
, resigned from the One Laptop Per Child Foundation at the end of last year and started her own company Pixel Qi with the goal of building a EUR75 (around pounds 38) laptop by 2010.
For 2 consecutive weeks, my local newspaper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, featured articles on laptops running open source software: the XO laptop
from the One Laptop Per Child charity initiative and the Eee PC from Asus.
Negroponte, who'd asked the company to exclusively support the group's XO laptop
, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said in an interview.