OLPC partners up with Neonode for the XO-1.75 Touch hybrid laptop
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Created by faculty members from the MIT Media Lab, One Laptop Per Child is a non-profit organization that manufactures affordable notebooks and tablets. Apparently, the OLPC project aims to provide “each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop” and has already managed to distribute more than 2.4 million mobile devices (as of 2011) to kids worldwide.
According to a press release issued yesterday, the Miami-based organization will team-up with Neonode, a tech company that develops multi sensing UIs and optical multi-touch solutions, for the next generation OLPC XO-1.75 Touch laptop-slash-tablet.
Reportedly, this upcoming hybrid notebook will be equipped with a sunlight readable (Dual-Mode: indoor/outdoor) LCD touchscreen display that features Neonode’s MultiSensing touch technology. Furthermore, the 7.5-inch panel swivels 180 degrees and can be folded over the keyboard for use in tablet mode.
MultiSensing is an interactive UI that supports gestures, sweeps and multi-touch input. Moreover, it is presumably quite power efficient and even a high quality 300dpi display embedded with this technology would consume about 2W of energy (meaning the OLPC notebook can alternatively be powered by solar cells, for example).
In terms of technical specs, the XO-1.75 packs a Marvell Sheeva central processing unit (an ARM-based Marvell Armada 610 application CPU) clocked at 800MHz, 1GB of internal DDR3 RAM and 4GB-to 8GB flash memory, expandable through the built-in microSD card reader slot.