By Dave ProchnowPosted 12.13.2007 at 11:21 am 0 Comments
Well, the first review of the XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child initiative has been published. Remarkably, this BBC-sponsored review was performed by a real live child. Although written by his father, Rory Cellan-Jones, the meat of this matter is supplied by his son, Rufus Cellan-Jones. Whats your take on supplying XO laptops to developing nations for developing the minds of their youth? Do you have firsthand experience with an XO laptop? If so, please post your observations in our comments section. —Dave Prochnow
By Gregory MonePosted 10.29.2007 at 1:22 pm 2 Comments
The One Laptop Per Child initiative has had its share of development hiccups. The project hasn't gotten the notebooks down to goal of $100 per machine, and a few recent bugs have delayed the recently proposed Give One Get One plan, in which customers in developed countries buy one of the laptops for themselves, and another for someone in need.
But down at the grassroots level, the project seems to be taking hold. In India, for example, the group is developing a cow-powered system in an area short on sunlight, wind and other good renewable energy sources. Cattle would pull on a series of belts and pulleys, activating a dynamo that re-charges spent laptops. Which is exactly how I use my cows.—Gregory Mone