One Laptop Per Child project started many years ago with the goal of making a durable laptop that was cheap enough to make for education in third world countries. That resulted in their first device, the XO Laptop. At CES, OLPCA has introduced three new products.
The first is the new XO 4.0 Touch which is an ARM based touch screen laptop. The XO 4.0 Touch has the following specs:
• Marvell® ARMADA® PXA2128 multicore application processor with hybrid-SMP technology running at 1 GHz
• Marvell® Avastar® 88W8787 highly integrated SoC
• Neonode touch screen technology with multi-sensing capabilities
It’s screen is a dual mode screen that can work in full sunlight as well as in the classroom. The XO 4.0 Touch will continue to use the free educational software, Sugar, which every XO before it has used. Sugar includes over 300 educational apps and three programming environments helping to teach and inspire future application developers. Sugar on the XO 4.0 Touch is reported to be running on top of a pre-release version of Fedora Linux 18.0 on hardware that looks very similar to the original XO laptop.
Even better is the new XO 4.0 Touch only needs a screwdriver to effect any repairs and can be repaired by the child that uses it.
The second product is the brand new XO Learning System which is a software suite designed for child-centric learning. The XO Learning System is Android compatible and is available to be licensed to computer manufacturers, governments, NGOs and content providers. The first tablet under this license will be called the XO tablet which is the last product introduced.
The XO Tablet will be made by Sakar International and will be available at leading US retailers both in-store and online. It will ship with the new XO Learning System and comes with Google Play Store, Parental Controls, three Dashboards for tracking their child’s learning and a Journal that tracks what the child is doing on the tablet in both the learning apps and other apps on the 7 inch tablet.
No word on pricing or availability of either of the devices. For more on this, go to laptop.org.or