I don’t spend a lot of time covering the XO Laptop on Liliputing because I’m primarily focused on consumer oriented laptops that you can walk into a store and buy. The XO Laptop, on the other hand is really targeted at govenments and educational institutions. But OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte has announced that the group will be brinigng back the Give 1, Get 1 program in August or September. That means you’ll be able to pick up an XO Laptop for about $400. That’s about twice what the laptop actually costs, but you’re actually purchasing 2 computers, one for yourself, and one for a child in a developing nation.
Negroponte also unveiled some details about the next generation XO Laptop, which will be launched sometime in 2010. There’s not a lot of information about the hardware, but the next gen laptop will feature 2 touch screens. One can be used as a keypad or a touchpad. Or you can flatten the computer and use both touch displays for playing games or reading text.
Honestly, I think I’d rather have a keyboard that gives you some tactile sensation. But wow. Pretty.
Laptop Magazine has more photos and a short video.