Do you wonder if One Laptop Per Child's "Give One Get One" XO computer distribution plan will sell out? Why North Americans will buy more than the 25,000 laptops that OLPC is offering in time for One Laptop Per Christmas Tree? Or how I could tell Richard Koman that:
"I have a feeling they'll sell out those 25,000 units in 30 seconds on November 12," Wayan Vota said. "They'll find the demand is in the millions of units -- and even more overseas."Besides the clock stopping hot technology like dual mode screens, mesh networking, long battery life, and the unique Sugar user interface, there is the simple geek technology lust in every American, child or just child at heart.
Couple an OLPC with an iRobot Create to create a telepresence robot. Using a simple web interface, users can drive the Create, monitor its sensor readings, and explore the world across the internet through the attached OLPC's webcam and microphone.While a commenter on Instructables went the high-brow route and wonders if Damon can swarm XO computers over a mesh network, or at least build cheap hazardous waste monitors, I'm going to use Damon's "beer condition" concept and go multi-brow.
North American geeks will snap up OLPC's XO-1 computer by the Gigabyte come November 12 just for uses like Damon's baby/house/keg monitor - community, business, educational uses that no one can predict but everyone will celebrate. In fact, I expect One Experiment Per Laptop to overwhelm the likes of Make or BoingBoing quite quickly, once 25,000 XO computers are in the wild.
Experiments like the one my co-worker wants to try: a Children's Videoconferencing Machine for his daughter, a child growing up a thousand miles away from her father.
So to those who doubt, I say I'll see you on eBay and to those who know, who want, who are registered on the XOGiving.org site, do tell what your first OLPC activity will be in the comments below...