In 2010 the market should receive a new edition of the low-cost computer from One Laptop Per Child, an organization led by Nicholas Negroponte. This second generation will be marked by significant differences from the first, especially in terms of design.
The XO-2, as it is already called, should be half the size of the current XO, will be lighter and will look less childish. Another difference will be the double touch screen articulated with each other.
The energy consumption of the equipment will also be improved, reducing the level of electricity needed to guarantee its operation, in the same way as the price. It is expected to be around $ 75, although it is known that in the previous version there was also a price estimate from the beginning that, at least until now, has not yet been reached. The 100 dollars that ended up giving the project a second name, also well known for laptop of 100 dollars.
OLPC, which released information on the second generation of the equipment, together with some images, underlines that the new price estimate takes into account expected improvements in terms of hardware, software and processors, which will guarantee the goal.
After much speculation, OLPC ended up reaching the market only in November last year and has since sold around 600 thousand pieces of equipment. Before the arrival of the second generation of equipment, a version 1.5 will be launched, which maintains the design of the first, but eliminates some components and reduces the price. It will be launched in the first half of next year.
2008-01-07 – One Laptop per Child could bring XO to Europe