OLPC – One Laptop Per Child

I seriously want to get my hand on one of this (Go to http://www.laptop.org/)  . It’s been what? 2 full years since I laid eyes on the concept, cheap, light, networked, hand powered computer notebooks! Imagine the possibilities.

OLPC - X0

For such a technology to be wasted on a child in a third-world country! And I am not exaggerating… what is the use of teaching a child that is already facing physical poverty and is languishing, computer usage? Will that actually be useful for his own physical needs? Will a market suddenly spring up for him or her?

But imagine what might happen if a whole rural town is given such an equipment which can interact with one another? The amount of creativity and interaction that would ensue would guarantee some interesting findings! Gossip and rumour mills going bizarre… the sharing of information. The dissemination of thoughts and the exposure to the vast external world would definitely affect some of their thinking and perspectives… may even jarr them into a state of inquisitiveness which would lead them into creative thinking and expression. If only.

I know what I would be doing with an XO (the name of the computer at the moment)… I will just travel and blog at the same time and put as much information for the public to see and to record the findings. To create a one man diary of a single day. That would be so cool.

If only.

Check the specs out (only those that interest me):

Physical dimensions:

  • Dimensions: 193mm x 229mm x 64mm (as of 3/27/06—subject to change)
  • Weight: Less than 1.5 KG (target only—subject to change)
  • Configuration: Convertible laptop with pivoting, reversible display; dirt- and moisture-resistant system enclosure

Core electronics:

  • CPU: AMD Geode GX-500@1.0W (datasheet)
  • CPU clock speed: 366 Mhz
  • Compatibility: X86/X87-compatible
  • Chipset: AMD CS5536 South Bridge (datasheet)
  • Graphics controller: Integrated with Geode CPU; unified memory architecture
  • DRAM memory: 128 MiB dynamic RAM
  • Data rate: Dual – DDR266 – 133 Mhz
  • BIOS: 1024KB SPI-interface flash ROM; LinuxBIOS open-source BIOS; Open Firmware bootloader
  • Mass storage: 512 MiB SLC NAND flash, high speed flash controller

Display:

  • Liquid-crystal display: 7.5″ Dual-mode TFT display
  • Viewing area: 152.4 mm x 114.3 mm
  • Resolution: 1200 (H) x 900 (V) resolution (200 dpi)
  • Mono display: High-resolution, reflective monochrome mode
  • Color display: Standard-resolution, quincunx-sampled, transmissive color mode 
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