OLPC Announced the Second Generation of the XO Laptop

At the the company’s Global Country Workshop, Cambridge, Massachusetts, OLPC’s founder Nicholas Negroponte announced the second generation of the XO laptop, which will be called the XO-2.

Though, Negroponte did not reveal a lot about the new laptop’s hardware, he said that it would have two touch-sensitive displays. He said that the XO-2 will be more compact than XO and will have a foldable e-book form.

Negroponte said that the next-generation laptop should resemble a book and announced that, initially, the new laptop will be promoted as an e-book reader with the capacity to store more than 500 e-books.

XO-2 would have the dual sunlight-and-indoor displays that were initially developed by the company’s former CTO, Mary Lou Jepson,

This design will provide a flat, two-screen continuous surface to be used in the tablet mode, a laptop hinged horizontally, and a left and a right page in a vertical format; basically, a laptop that looks and feels like a book.

According to the company’s press release, younger children will be able to use simple keyboards to work with the laptops, and older children will be able to switch between keyboards that would be customized for applications and multiple languages.

To be released in 2010, XO-2 will consume as little power as 1 watt.

Negroponte concluded his speech by saying that the company plans to revive its ‘Give 1, Get 1’ programme in August or September 2008 that will allow consumers to donate a laptop computer to a child in a developing country while getting a low-cost laptop computer for themselves.