One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Prepping a Tablet Computer

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The goal of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is to provide every child in the world access to a modern education. The OLPC project already offers a very inexpensive notebook computer, and a plan to add a tablet to its offerings has now been announced.

This device is going to be based on the Moby reference design created by chip-maker Marvell, and will offer high quality video (1080p full-HD encode and decode), high performance 3D graphics, Flash 10 Internet, and two-way teleconferencing.

Marvell Moby Reference PlatformThe device offered by OLPC project will run a version of the Sugar operating system the non-profit created for its original XO laptop.

Design Goals
One of the advantages of the tablet shape is the on-screen keyboard which, unlike a physical one on the XO, can be configured for any language.

The OLPC’s device will require just one watt of power to operate, compared to about 5 watts necessary for the XO.

A low price is another goal: this mobile computer is expected to cost between $75 and $100.

“While devices like eReaders and current tablets are terrific literary, media and entertainment platforms, they don’t meet the needs of an educational model based on making things, versus just consuming them.  Today’s learning environments require robust platforms for computation, content creation and experimentation – and all that at a very low cost,” said Dr. Nicholas Negroponte, Founder and Chairman of One Laptop per Child.  “Through our partnership with Marvell, OLPC will continue our focus on designing computers that enable children in the developing world to learn through collaboration, as well as providing connectivity to the world’s body of knowledge.”

The OLPC intends to launch its tablet computer at the Consumer Electronics Show next January.

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