OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) is a non-profit organization that aims at providing inexpensive laptops to children in developing countries for educational purposes. This organization was established in 2005 by Nicholas Negroponte and it is responsible for developing the OLPC XO which is laptop designed to be easily repairable and under $100.
However, the OLPC XO hit a rock when it was released because it had a short battery life, costs more than $200 and it had some other hardware issues.
OLPC recently partnered with an Australian based “One Education” that is equally a non-profit which was founded by Rangan Srikhanta.
Back in February, One Education revealed its plans to launch a new laptop which is to be called the XO-Infinity laptop as part of its plans to revive the One Laptop Per Child project.
Right now, the XO-Infinity laptop has appeared on the crowdfunding site, Indiegogo, with a funding goal of $50,000 to help the organization start manufacturing the device. Interested individuals and schools will need to pledge at least $249 to get one of this device or $2,390 for a pack of 10.
The XO-Infinity is a robust modular hybrid laptop, this means that it has different modules for CPU, screen, battery, camera, Wi-Fi, which can easily be swapped at any time.
The plan is to have a laptop that will last for up to 10 years as long as there is a new module to swap with the old one in case a module damages, and the best part is that it is easy to assemble so the child can swap the modules by his/herself.
This Android device is a convertible laptop/tablet; it can function as a laptop when it is placed on the keyboard dock and you can easily undock the screen that is essentially a tablet.
The device features an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and it is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor supported by 1GB of RAM with 8GB of expandable storage (via a Micro-SD slot).
This tablet runs on Android Lollipop OS with a customized UI, however, One Education claims that modules for Linux and Windows operating systems will be made available. The device was made especially for kids and will have pre-installed educational apps to ensure that they can learn effectively.
The device packs a 7000mAh battery and it ships with low-resolution cameras- a 2MP primary camera and a VGA front-facing camera, although the group plans on developing camera modules with higher resolution and battery modules with a larger capacity, so users will be able to swap these modules when they become available.
Watch the video below to learn more about this project.
The tablet will also have removable covers which will come in 7 different color options. You can take part in the action on Indiegogo now for $249 and One Education hopes to ship the first units of the device by September 2016.
We are definitely looking forward to seeing this new modular laptop when it is released and we hope that it will be more successful than the OLPC-XO laptops.
Stay tuned for more information and comment below to tell us your thoughts on the Infinity Modular Laptop/tablet.