Second Generation OLPC XO Laptop Boasts Dual Touchscreens

Second Generation OLPC XO Laptop Boasts Dual Touchscreens


The original purpose of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project was to provide all the children of the world with a working laptop computer. With the second generation, it seems that Nicholas Negroponte is pushing the technological envelope instead. While he has not been able to achieve the original goal of a $100 laptop, Negroponte seems perfectly satisfied with making his second-gen XO laptop a heck of a lot more interesting.

That’s because the XO 2.0 will not come with a regular display and a QWERTY keyboard. The details are still pretty slim, but we hear that the new system will come equipped with two touch-sensitive displays. Think of it as a pair of tablet PCs stitched together. The new XO 2.0 laptop can be opened and read like a book or it can also be opened the regular way with one of the screens acting as a virtual keyboard. The second-gen OLPC XO laptop will also be about half the size of the original machine.

The second generation OLPC XO Laptop is currently being planned for a 2010 release. On a side note, the Give 1 Get 1 program will start up again in August or September of this year.