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Introducing The New XO-1 Laptop Computer

Updated on March 31, 2012
The $100 Laptop
The $100 Laptop

Isn't it adorable! I heard about this thing last year but was unsure as to how they were going to be able to build a computer that is child-friendly (durable), usable in third-world nations where internet connection is nearly impossible (especially for the remote communities), energy efficient so that you run it on a small solar panel or crank-generate the power, user-friendly software for children, and all under $100. Well they did it! Productions are underway and orders are already being taken in by governments of countries like Argentina, Brazil, Libyia, Nigeria, Rewanda, Thailand and Uruguay to be distributed to their school-aged children.

Hardware

To make the laptop the energy efficient and usable throughout the world, the XO-1 has incorperated some ingenious ideas.

  • 802.11b/g/s Wireless LAN connects children with other XO-1 users and share a internet connection amoungst themselves. That was children from remote communities needn't be near a wireless transmitter, just near other classmates.
  • To save on energy and make it more durable, it has a 1 GB Flash Drive instead of a Hard-Drive.
  • The Operating System is an easy to use but programmable Fedora-Core Based OP (Linux).
  • The XO-1 uses a AMD Geode LX700@0.8W + 5536. This might seem slow but it was designed to operate efficiently without the use of a cooling fan.
  • For memory it has a 256 MB DRAM.
  • Its LCD monitor gives off a two way resolution so that you never realise you are looking at a LCD screen.

Most Laptops use from 10 to 45 Watts of power, the XO-1 is designed to operate at only 2 W. Making it less than a computer left on standby.

Software

Many companies have come forward and developed software for the XO-1 to be free of charge.

  • The system will use a version of Fedora Core Linux as the operating system.
  • A simple web browser that is based on the Gecko engine used by Mozilla Firefox.
  • A word processor based on AbiWord.
  • Email through the web-based Gmail service.
  • Online chat and VoIP programs.
  • Several interpreted programming languages, including Forth, Logo, JavaScript, Python, Csound, and the eToys version of Squeak.
  • A music sequencer with digital instruments: Jean Piché's TamTam
  • Audio and video player software: Mplayer or Helix.

Demo of the XO-1 Laptop

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      DJane 9 years ago from Fort Worth

      So are they actually selling these now? They look pretty neat and would love for my daughter to have one. First time I have seen them, thanks for sharing!

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      Jyle Dupuis 9 years ago from Henrico, Virginia

      From what I read the laptop will not be on the consumer market. I think they think that will prevent others from stealing the laptop from the school-children. But there are kid friendly computers that are currently on the market. I'll do some research and write a hub about it.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      MMURILLO 9 years ago

      When, Where, or How can I get an XO computer. My daughter has been asking for a computer since last year, I think this is perfect for her. Please let me know.

      Thank You, Interested Comsumer

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      Tamara 9 years ago

      You can get an xo laptop but not for $100.00. If you buy one and give one per the One lap top per child you will pay $399.00 and about $200.00 is reflected as a gift to charity.

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      Job Nigeria 9 years ago

      I want that laptop.......cool stuff

      Regards,

      Job Nigeria

      http://www.job-nigeria.com

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      tech for geek 8 years ago

      I think i'm gonna write this thing to my blog...thanks for inspiring

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      Kyle  8 years ago

      Sheeks, Cant i get for a much less price

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      kiki 8 years ago

      This computer is instresting I already have one and u can paint use a turtle go on the internet everything but they just block some sites so that kids cant go them.

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      acer laptop 8 years ago

      Great Hub you have here :) Please check out my website would love to network!

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      xoxopower 7 years ago

      good

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