Just when you thought Nicholas Negroponte’s vision of "One Laptop Per Child" was history, OLPC is back and sexier looking than ever. This latest concept for the OLPC features a dual touchscreen interface, bridging the gap between traditional laptop and futuristic tablet. What makes it even more impressive is that Negroponte believes this is possible for only $75 by 2010.
Yes, the OLPC is back and better than ever with the OLPC XO 2.0 concept. Granted, currently this innovative laptop is nothing more than a brilliant idea and some CGI press photos … but once again Mr. Negroponte managed to create some serious buzz around the idea of affordable laptops for children. There are no details about the technical specifications for OLPC XO 2.0 other than it’s expected to be half the size of the current OLPC with a very interesting interface.
What really makes the OLPC XO 2.0 so interesting is the removal of a traditional keyboard in favor of the use of dual "indoor-and-sunlight" touchscreen displays similar to those currently being used on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Negroponte believes that a $20 price point per display is not out of the question if trends continue in terms of touchscreen technology and pricing. Even more ambitious is that the OLPC XO 2.0 is aiming for a target price of $75 per laptop.
If all goes according to Negroponte’s plan, you can expect to see the OLPC XO 2.0 available to the public in 2010. In the meantime, the OLPC XO will be returning with the "Give One, Get One" program in August or September of this year.