You probably have heard something about One Laptop per Child, or OLPC, which is a project from MIT Labs that aims to produce affordable computers for children in developing nations. To date, there are an estimated one million children around the world using these $100 computers.
Now the project has introduced a tablet and a representative stopped by TPN in Las Vegas to discuss the device and show it off a little bit. The new tablet has a child-friendly interface and a set of parental controls to help prevent trouble. It even features a dashboard to record activity so that an adult can monitor it. The tablet even includes a customized app store, complete with kids’ books.
When your child is not using the device then it can be switched to a standard Android tablet that mom and dad can use. The tablet will debut in Walmart stores in late spring and pricing will be announced at that time.
Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net and Don Baine, the Gadget Professor
At CES 2012 Marvell showed off the OLPC XO 3.0 Tablet. The tablet has an eight inch screen and is made for kids in the developing world. It has the ARM based ARMADA PXA618 SOC processor, and is built on the Linux platform. It has a mini Wikipedia and other existing educational applications built right into the device. This is important since these devices are used in areas where wi-fi is often not available. The tablet can be charged by solar power, hand crank, and from any device that can produce 10-25 watts of DC power. The solar panel produces 4 watts of power by placing it in the sun for an hour. You then snap to the tablet and it will charge the tablet for up to two hours of usage. Like all OLPC products the OLPC tablet is easy to take apart and repair.
Marvell builds the design. They work with Quantive manufacturing, who build the tablets based on orders from agencies like a Ministry of Education or an educational organization. Their goal is to have the unit price well below the $180.00 which is the cost of the OLPC computer.
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We have a winner for the crispy $100.00 bill one other person got very close but only one hit the nail on the head. Rather late start to the show tonight as I am loaded up pretty heavy with the misses out of town how does she do everything by herself when I am gone is beyond me. Lot’s of tech news tonight. I have a bit of a rant on ustream tonight as you may expect. Special thanks goes out to Roz Savage who was my guest on Saturday evening.