The XO is a $175 laptop designed for all school-aged children in emerging nations by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) movement. Each machine features a wireless router and a webcam. A transformer hinge configures the laptop for e-book reading and gaming. An extra-wide touchpad supports pointing, drawing and writing. A screen that is sunlight readable is even available. The XO comes complete with energy efficient batteries and my favorite feature: it can be hand-powered by a pull cord!
The mission of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) movement is to ensure that all school-aged children in the developing world are able to engage effectively with their own personal laptop, networked to the world, so that they, their families and their communities can openly learn and learn about learning. Focusing on designing, manufacturing and distributing XO laptops to children in lesser developed countries, the OLPC is initially concentrating on those governments that have made commitments for the funding and program support required to ensure that all of their children own and can effectively use a laptop.
It’s an education project, not a laptop project. — Nicholas Negroponte
The news only gets better…the target price is $100 and OLPC expects the current price to decline as demand increases in the coming years.