the One Laptop Per Child Foundation plan for communicable up with tablet revolution
The Cambridge, Mass.-based One Laptop Per Child Foundation arguably launched an industry with its XO-1 Laptop, which aboriginal went into all-embracing assembly in 2007. The common fizz generated by the little blooming machine, which was advised mainly for classroom use in technologically underserved areas of the world, aggressive computer makers to body an arrangement of bargain bartering netbooks.
Last week, the alignment apparent its near-term affairs for communicable up with the book anarchy — but it bears little affinity to the snazzy, dual-screen accessory OLPC architect Nicholas Negroponte aboriginal showed off in May 2008. Instead, the foundation is alive with Santa Clara, Calif.-based Marvell Technology Group (Nasdaq: MRVL) to advance a adaptation of Marvell’s planned Moby latitude e6400 battery that will run OLPC’s Linux-based operating arrangement and educational software.
at the website for the Moby initiative, Mobylize , the aggregation pitches the accessory as a bargain another to the iPad for students, who could use it for account e-textbooks. (In a politically adeptness pilot program, Marvell says it affairs to accord one Moby book to every apprentice in an at-risk accessible academy in the District of Columbia.)
Judging from aboriginal mock-ups of the Moby — which will be accessible this fall, according to Marvell — the accessory will resemble a somewhat beefy iPad, appropriate down to the individual “home” button on the bezel. Marvell hasn’t appear the device’s abounding specs, but says the book will cover Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM, and GPS radios and will abutment “multiple software RN873 battery standards including abounding adobe Flash, android, Windows Mobile, and Ubuntu.”
Because it won’t accept a concrete keyboard or abounding of the added affective locations that go into a laptop, the accessory may even be added asperous than the XO-1 — and will absolutely be far added power-efficient, active on about 1 watt of ability compared to the XO-1′s 5 watts, according to Marvell.
In a blog post, OLPC’s Samuel Klein emphasized that the foundation’s adaptation of the Moby tablet , which it expects to appearance off at the Consumer Electronics appearance in Las Vegas in January 2011, is “not the XO-3,” which “is still planned for 2012.”
I e-mailed Negroponte today to ask him how OLPC’s move from a laptop anatomy agency to a book serves the organization’s acquirements agenda. “Today we are a laptop with a book option,” he replied. “Tomorrow we are a book with a laptop option. The key is: can a book be a actual constructionist medium. We anticipate it can.”
“While accessories like eReaders and accepted tablets are agitating literary, media and a1175 battery platforms , they don’t accommodated the needs of an educational archetypal based on authoritative things, against just arresting them,” Negroponte said. “Today’s acquirements environments crave able-bodied platforms for computation, agreeable conception and experimentation¡ªand all that at a actual low cost.