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Former OLPC CTO ponders on USD 75 notebook

Dr Mary Lou Jepsen (opens in new tab) who resigned from the beleaguered OLPC project two weeks ago revealed that she was embarking on an even more ambitious project to create and sell a USD 75 laptop.

The Former Chief Technology Officer of OLPC who is one of the inventor of the XO Laptop low powered display system, has launched a spun-out for-profit company called http://www.pixelqi.com/ Pixel Qi which is also looking to "bring sunlight readable, low-cost and low-power screens into mainstream laptops, cellphones and digital cameras." and is currently at CES in Las Vegas.

Jepsen is a renowned expert in the field of optics and has been a pioneer in single-panel field-sequential projection display systems and liquid-crystal-on-silicon SoC devices.

The departure of Jepsen was an unexpected blow to the OLPC project, prompting comments that the project is on the verge of "sinking".

Shortly afterwards, Intel, where Jepsen previously worked as Intel's Display Division CTO and which had already started a rival project, left the project due to "philosophical differences".

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.