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Industrial OLPC designers envision private laptops for children

on Wednesday,December 23,2009 22:12

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In the modern workplace, computers are as ubiquitous as pens and paper. Philanthropists working to improve the education of children in developing countries by increasing their access to modern technologies founded the One Laptop Per Child Association. Since 2005, the organization has provided simplistic personal computers to needy children in countries like Nepal, Suriname and Iraq.

A radical redesign of the OLPC computer is set to go into production, with a worldwide release date of 2012.

Over the next three years, the organization will incrementally improve its line of XO personal computers to improve their speed, storage and battery life. The ultimate goal will be the XO 3.0 tablet computer. This ultra slim single-panel computer, which is planned to retail for less than $100 upon its release, will feature a Linux-based operating system, via processing and a durable plastic casing that developers claim will be "unbreakable."

To date the organization has shipped more than 1.4 million XO laptops to children in 35 countries around the world. The organization hopes to eventually provide computers for 500 million needy children.

"To fulfill our mission of 500 million children in all remote corners of the planet, OLPS will continue to innovate in design and performance," says the groups founder Nicholas Negroponte said in a statement.

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