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Photos: The new-look $100 laptop

The OLPC transformation
By Nick Heath, Contributor on
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The OLPC transformation

A low cost PC to bring computing to children in the developing world has been reborn as an ultra low-cost dual touchscreen computer.

The new One Laptop per Child (OLPC) machine - the XO-2 - is one large touch display that can be transformed into a hinged laptop with a touch keyboard, an electronic book or two-screen display.

When it goes on sale in 2010 the XO-2's price is expected to fall to just $75, taking it below the original $100 price target set by OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte.

The first generation XO laptop went into production in early November 2007, and has sold about 600,000 units across the world, providing computer access to hundreds of thousands of children in the developing world.

Photo credit: OLPC

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Nicholas Negroponte said in a statement: "Based on feedback from governments, educators and most important, from the children themselves, we are aggressively working to lower the cost, power and size of the XO laptop so that it is more affordable and useable by the world's poorest children.

"It's only through access to education that young people will be able to develop the skills necessary to compete globally and to develop the solutions required to break the cycles of poverty, disease and malnutrition."

The new machine will further squeeze its power consumption, the original XO laptop consumes two to four watts, compared to 20 to 40 for a standard laptop, and the XO-2 will draw just one watt.

The XO-2 will be about the size of a book, as seen here, roughly half the size of the original, making it easier for children to carry.

Photo credit: OLPC

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