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It's take 2 for the One Laptop Per Child project--version XO-2 of its laptop geared for children in developing countries features two side by side screens. The XO-2 is expected to arrive in 2010.
Some highlights of the new laptop, according to Larry Dignan:
# OLPC is betting that new developments in hardware, software, display and processor technologies will lower the XO-2’s price tag to $75.
# OLPC is going with the 1 watt power consumption target so XO-2 can be powered by a hand crank.
# The XO-2 will feature dual-touch displaces for the e-book.
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The most interesting new feature is the two 16:9-ratio touchscreens, one of which can be used as a touch-sensitive keyboard. ZDNet's John Morris compares it to a cross between an Apple iPhone and an oversized Nintendo DS. OLPC will market it as a feature packed e-book reader capable of holding up to 500 books.
The first generation XO laptop started off with a bang--but sales have fallen below expectations.
In contrast, former OLPC partner, Intel, wants its second generation Classmate PC to go a different route beyond the emerging markets and into the mainstream.