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Cool Tool: One Laptop Per Child XO-1

In Cool Tools on December 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm

SURE, IT’S BEEN AROUND for the last four years ever since Nicholas Negroponte introduced a prototype to the world deftly positioning himself and the device with Kofi Annan (and thus the United Nations) at the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia. But what’s happened since that time? By the end of 2009, the One Laptop Per Child’s “XO-1” should surpass 1 million units deployed. Nearly all deployments are in 1:1 ratios, just like the nonprofit 501-c3 OLPC’s name says. Entire countries (Uraguay, Peru and next Rwanda) have been saturated with it, and its introduction has ignited a whole new, billion-dollar market (netbooks are now 20 percent of all portable computer sales). After weathering the recession, what’s next for these durable little neo-dynabooks? Stay informed at One Laptop Per Child News or go straight to the One Laptop Per Child Website.

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