Ink, Bits & Pixels (formerly The Digital Reader) recently tracked down some interesting information regarding One Laptop Per Child’s (OLPC) Australian partner, One Education. While the company confirms the XO Infinity is underway, less officially, the device appears to be a laptop/tablet hybrid with modular components.
One Education has a page dedicated to registering for upcoming announcements on the XO Infinity, which Ink, Bits & Pixels confirmed with the company will be officially announced in the next week or two. The background image shows a screen that can be connected to a keyboard.
What wasn’t confirmed, but was implied to be correct, were the modular components that the tech site uncovered when researching the story.
From an image deep in One Educations website it appears that the tablet will feature easily removable components for a CPU, battery, camera, and Wi-Fi.
There is no more information regarding the technical specifications at this time. But there is a third picture with a different angle of the modulars on Ink, Bits & Pixels.
Last year, OLPC launched an Android tablet with its partner Vivitar, which ranged from $150 to $200. Previously, a $100 touch screen tablet was in the works, but never quite made it to mass production.
The modular component features may allow buyers to purchase different parts for the XO Infinity for a wider range of prices. It is possible that the base model will start at $100 (or less), with upgraded cells increasing the cost, depending on the needs of the buyer. This may be the best solution for a decent quality low-cost computing device.