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XO computer

A "One Laptop Per Child" machine. The XO comes from the project's logo that depicts a person's body as an "X" with an "O" on top for the head. See OLPC.

XO-4 Touch Convertible Laptop
XO laptops use a custom Red Had Fedora OS running the Sugar user interface. Starting in 2007, they were powered by x86 CPUs but were switched to ARM chips in 2013 with the XO-4 Touch. The XO-4 has 1 or 2GB of RAM, 4 or 8GB of solid state storage, USB ports and Bluetooth, and its Wi-Fi mesh configuration can interconnect an entire village. A key design factor was the unique, 7.5" dual-mode display that enables black and white viewing in bright sunlight.

XO Tablet
In 2013, the XO tablet replaced the XO-3 tablet/e-book project that never came to fruition. Available at retail outlets, the tablet is Android based with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of solid state storage. For more information, visit www.xotablet.com.




The XO-1 Laptop
The OLPC convertible laptop has helped educate kids who would not have had access to computing resources. (Image courtesy of the One Laptop Per Child Association, www.laptop.org)






The XO Tablet
Designed by OLPC and manufactured by Vivitar, the Android based 7" XO tablet is preloaded with more than 100 apps. It is also available at retails stores, including Walmart and Target. (Image courtesy of One Laptop Per Child Association, www.laptop.org)






OLPC

(One Laptop per Child, Cambridge, MA, www.laptop.org) A research initiative of MIT Media Labs devoted to the creation of a USD $100 PC for educating children in developing countries around the world. Founded in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte, OLPC laptops are geared to the educational ministries of governments that can purchase thousands of units at a time.

Taiwan-based Quanta Computer was selected as the original design manufacturer (ODM), and manufacturing began in late 2007. Although USD $100 was the target, a manufacturing cost of about $190 was announced for the first run of 300,000 units, a smaller order than anticipated.

Unexpected Competition
Although orders for millions of OLPCs were expected by 2007, Intel persuaded several countries to use its own low-cost PC (see Classmate). Negroponte admonished Intel for interfering with his non-profit venture to help the poor. Soon after, Intel joined OLPC's board to help design future products but withdrew in 2008. For details about OLPC models, see XO computer.




The OLPC Laptop
The laptop was designed to help stimulate and educate millions of kids in countries that would not otherwise have access to computers. (Image courtesy of the One Laptop Per Child Association, www.laptop.org)






An XO Machine Running Sugar
Since the OLPC's logo is an abstract person (X for the body; O for the head), the OLPC is called the "XO" computer. Its graphical interface is "Sugar," which boots up with icons of friends and activities. See XO computer. (Image courtesy of One Laptop Per Child Association, www.laptop.org)






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