One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project wants to create affordable educational devices for the children in the developing countries. The project was originally funded by companies such as AMD, eBay, Google, Marvell, News Corp, Nortel, Red Hat, and Quanta. The XO-1, “the “$100 Laptop” is the first device developed by OLPC. It’s an inexpensive rugged, low-power notebook with a flash memory instead of a hard drive and a Linux-based operating system. By 2008, OLPC had distributed 600,000 XO machines throughout Asia, Africa and South America.
One Education, OLPC’s partner non-profit in Australia, has been working on a new educational laptop called XO-infinity. Until now they delivered over 50,000 XOs to teachers and children at over 300 schools.
The XO-infinity concept is a hybrid laptop/tablet convertible with modular components and multiple operating systems (Windows, Android, Linux).
The concept is divided in 2 main parts, the tablet with the screen module and the keyboard/base station. Battery, CPU, camera, Wi-Fi connection are inserted into big colored modules behind the screen, concealed under a soft silicon cover. The green module is the CPU (and RAM, and storage), the blue one is the battery, the violet one a camera, and the orange one is the Wifi.
A child will be able to easily repair or upgrade the XO-Infinity by pulling a old module and plugging in a new one. The old parts can be re-sold, or better yet, donated to those who wouldn’t normally be able to afford them at all.
Rangan Srikhanta, Ceo of One Education, in a recent interview, said “We want to teach kids they don’t just have to be consumers. That they can actually pull things together and give them the opportunity to update the parts. All the machines you see, especially the tablets on the market, they are glued together, quite literally. If a part breaks or a part needs to be changed the standard solution is actually to throw away the whole device and purchase a whole new one. We think there’s a tremendous amount of waste in that.”
The modular laptop is still in a prototype stage of development and is expected to start shipping in 2016.
The original article was posted on the blog of Phonebloks.