One Laptop Per Child Announces XO a 7 inch Tablet at CES

January 9, 2013 - Written By Christina Gardner
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We have seen lots of new devices coming out at CES so far this week, and we are here to add to the list of devices and toys. One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), which is a “non-profit organization offering an inexpensive laptop design for children in developing countries”who joined the CES lineup last evening where  they announced that they would be back in the tablet game by introducing an Android 7 inch tablet that could be “sold commercially and have “its learning software.” OLPC called it the X0

Now, last year OLPC introduced the X0-3 at CES, but never was released due to the fact they struggled with the design, and they had a hard time finding manufacturers to make the tablet. However, this year OLPC said they would do less “hardware development,” and more “education projects.” I mean education is good, but so is hardware to make sure a product run efficiently, right?

The XO tablet will be made available through your local Wal-Mart here in the U.S., whereas other countries can purchase a license to the design to make in their country.

There is no pricing yet available for the XO tablet, but the XO-3 was $75 US, then went up to $100. This would seem to be a trend when it comes to OLPC as they had a similar struggle with the XO-1 laptop.

What will the XO-3 tablet consist of for specs? It will have:

  • Dual-core processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi
  • 8GB Storage with MicroSD slot
  • MicroUSB Port
  • Front/Rear Camera
  • 1024 x 600 display resolution
  • Android OS

There will be a “learning software” that is integrated with the Android operating system that will give parents parental controls, and more support for learning. OLPC wants to focus on helping children in other countries by getting them such devices. Children will be able to learn basics like:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Hacking

Yes that is right, even hacking my friends. Although, my personal opinion is that hacking isn’t for children.

It would appear that OLPC wants to do a very good thing here for children worldwide, but will they able to follow through completely is the question?

Do we have any readers that are familiar with OLPC? Could you share your comments with us below on what you think of the company?

Source: PCWorld