OLPC's XO laptop offers a new Linux-based software platform called Sugar, as well as special features like a built-in video camera, high-resolution dual-mode screen, longer battery life, and innovative charging options for about $175.Does that mean that the "$100 laptop" is now officially
Or could Laptop Magazine be a little loose with its fact-checking. Looking at the side by side comparison between the Classmate PC and the OLPC XO, I noticed there is a slight exaggeration in the "Alternate Power Input" category.
Rather than noting that the Children's Machine X0 could be recharged by DC power, Laptop Magazine listed a whole gamut of ways, some real, some expected, and a few outright fanciful. Here, for your edification, is the list, reality-checked.
And what might the powers that be think of a jump in an initial investment requirement to $175 million dollars, just for hardware? Could there be a gang charged up over the very price and feature creep that Nicholas Negroponte rails against in his speeches?
- Car battery
- Solar recharge
While the OLPC power supply doesn't currently recharge via DC power, it could be easily modified to do so with these very common DC power charging methods. Hand-crank recharge This was a marketing gimmick from the start, discarded by Fuseproject as unrealistic after much criticism. Pull-string recharge Foot-pedal recharge Both of these methods rely on Potenco's pull string generator. This yo-yo charger is still in development but could be used for any battery-operated device Gang charging Now what exactly is "gang charging" and why would we want children doing "gang" anything for power?