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Just received my XO, and the Macbook Pro is certainly not a fair comparison.
Solar panel arrived today for the XO laptops in my classroom. Testing over the weekend at home, to school next week.
During lots of ups n downs in my post-college life, these cups have always been there.
Dedicated to Shankur!
Solar powered mesh repeater also charges a bank of batteries for OLPC. v neat. Image from OLPC news www.olpcnews.com/hardware/wireless/solar_802-11s_mesh_rep...
Orange and red, baby. Note the same grippy texture. It's actually pleasant compared to the usual tactile feeling of complete smoothness (of varying quality).
El Pudu de Lizette Greco inserto en el OLPC.
This is part of the Chilean campaign to be launched in March 2007.
The fifth XO laptop in my third grade classroom, a real Thanksgiving gift!
The One Laptop Per Child project designed these revolutionary little computers way back around 2006, started producing them around 2007, and made some available to the public in 2008 (if you were willing to buy two of them, and donate one back to the project). Though Istra was only 3 at the time, I went for the deal: to support the lofty project, and to get a cool device.
All these years later, Istra (now 5 years old) still plays with her OLPC -- proud to have her "very own laptop". Lately she mostly uses it to run Tux Paint (a simple paint program with stamps and magic!), and to go online and play starfall (a flash-based web site with games teaching kids how to read).
The OLPC is slow and a bit annoying for us adults -- but Istra is favoring it over our big fast computer for doing her stuff these days. And I hate to have to afflict the poor little thing with flash to play Starfall. But it's hers. She loves it.
In is picture we also see Emeth, only 3 years old, showing Istra where the button she is looking for in Tux Paint is. He loves Tux Paint as well. And he actually somehow knows where all the letters are on a keyboard, or buttons on a UI, faster and more absolutely than Istra quite often.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a recording for a TechCast with a co-host, but fear not. I have found someone who is worthy of this audience. Zach will be joining me in a weekly episode of TechCast talking, ranting and sometimes discussing the tech topics of the week.
Check it out at: www.techcastnetwork.co.uk/2007/11/30/techcast-episode-66-...
Time to test just how responsive this site's design is (work in progress). Rollover for notes on the devices.
Read more about this XO laptop and Baked Sweet Potato Sticks @ Mango Power Girl
Here's a little video (also on Vimeo) that Enzo* and I put together to highlight our Green Car Show Series which includes HOW (Home On Wheels), Urbano, and Bugged. The trio is off to Gallery Hanahou in New York for the Luv-able + Hug-able Plush Show which opens December 4, 2008.
The Green Car Show Series was made to fulfill the need of those who are looking for a more sustainable solution to their transportation needs. To keep your mind open to the possibilities (and off your worries) we took something old and recycled its parts into something new: old sweatshirts, sweatpants, and other articles of clothing were used in the making of these green (repurposed) cars.
*In addition to drawing two of the cars, Enzo helped shoot the video and created an animation in Scratch on an XO. By the way, OLPC is running the "give one, get one" program again this year beginning November 17.
This is the One Laptop Per-Child, or OLPC. I didn't realize that it had a camera built in. The unit looked and felt very substantial. It was great to get my hands on a product that I've been reading about for so long.
For more information on the project:
Nicholas Negroponte gave a sneak preview today of the next generation One Laptop per Child, the XO-2. The concept shown embodies a unique dual multi-touch screen that can be used as a laptop or an e-book. It is slated for release to the children of the world in 2010 at a target price of $75.
Riding home from work today, I realized that my wife and I had the off-the-shelf components ($700 worth) to demonstrate our own OLPC-inspired concept of a mobile device for children. I present to you the OLPC XO-2 Nano!
If you're in the Washington, D.C. area, do consider coming to one of our monthly OLPC Learning Club meetings.