OLPC Unveils Tablet-Like XO Computer at Below $100

OLPC XO 3 to Feature Touch Screen Input

by Anton Shilov
12/26/2009 | 11:58 AM

One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help provide every child in the world access to a modern education, announced this week its product road map to deliver robust laptop performance and innovative design for use in the most remote, poor and rural communities and at the lowest power and cost in the industry.


“The first version of OLPC’s child-centric laptop, the XO, is a revolution in low-cost, low-power computing. The XO has been distributed to more than 1.4 million children in 35 countries and in 25 languages. To fulfill our mission of reaching 500 million children in all remote corners of the planet, OLPC will continue to innovate in design and performance. Because we are a non-profit, we hope that industry will copy us,” said Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child.

The new versions of the XO laptop will be as follows:

Even though OLPC XO 3 sports innovative design and promises to be very cheap, it has one drawback that can leave behind all its advantages: it cannot run Microsoft Windows operating system (OS). The whole world uses Windows and keyboard + mouse type of input, whereas XO 3 relies on a proprietary OS and touch-screen based input. As a result, skills that children get on the XO 3 will be irrelevant for further usage. Of course, children will still obtain a lot of general knowledge thanks to the Internet, still, they will not be able to do complex personal computer-based jobs.