OLPC to parachute computers into remote villages… literally

OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte’s next big idea sounds crazy… and that’s probably because it is. PC Magazine reports he wants to airdrop cheap tablet computers into remote villages without providing any instructions, teachers, or other forms of support. But developing an inexpensive durable, ultraportable laptop that could be used in the developing world seemed like […]

OLPC scraps XO-2 dual screen laptop, moves toward ARM-based XO-1.75

Remember that dual-touchscreen concept machine that the One Laptop Per Child folks were working on? Yeah, it’s toast. In a recent interview, OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte told Xconomy that the team is killing off the XO-2 project and instead focusing on an XO Laptop version 1.75. For anyone keeping track, the first XO Laptop had […]

Negroponte: Sugar OS was OLPC’s biggest mistake

The netbook revolution has its roots in the One Laptop Per Child project. OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte envisioned getting cheap, educational, and open source laptops into the hands of millions of children around the world. Things haven’t really worked out that way. Four years after the project begun, only 900,000 OLPC XO Laptops have been […]

Despite shrinking staff, OLPC still thinking big

The OLPC project may be have suffered a series of setbacks recently. But founder Nicholas Negroponte still has big plans for the group’s next mini-laptop, the XO-2. An early mockup of the device was spotted yesterday, but the finished product isn’t expected for another 18 months or so. Negroponte seems to be making the rounds, […]