The One Laptop Per Child group had hoped to show off the first version of its new tablet at CES in January, but according to founder Nicholas Negroponte, it looks like the tablet will be about 45 days late. Instead it will make its first appearance in February.
PC World interviewed Negroponte about the project, and found that the organization is looking for the most durable materials to use for the tablet. It’s not clear at this point whether the screen will be made of glass or plastic.
OLPC has partnered with Marvell to design the tablet, and the tablet may look similar to the Marvell Moby reference design from earlier this year. OLPC is also working on a more ambitious tablet which isn’t due out until 2012. It’s that later tablet which will be known as the OLPC XO-3. The group’s current laptop is dubbed the XO Laptop.
The goal of the OLPC project is to produce durable, inexpensive computers for students in developing countries. Ultimately Negroponte hopes to bring the cost of the tablets down to about $75 per unit.