The One Laptop Per Child foundation presents the final design for the OLPC sub-$100 Tablet with a 8″ 1024×768 capacitive LCD touch screen, a touch screen optimized version of Sugar Linux. The thin screen protector doubles as a solar charger. Once countries order millions of these, the price can definitely be below $100.
Chris Ball, OLPC Lead Software Engineer shows a fully working demonstration of the latest XO 1.5 motherboard fresh from the lab, runing a new faster Sugar Linux OS as well as multi-booting into a full Gnome desktop version of Fedora thanks to the increased storage, processing and RAM, the children will be able to boot a full Linux desktop as well running conventional desktop applications such as Open Office.
Mitch Bradley, OLPC Firmware Lead and President and CTO of FirmWorks and Richard Smith OLPC Director of Embedded Engineering talk about their work in bringing the One Laptop Per Child XO 1.5 motherboard up to fully working for Quanta to switch over the mass manufacturing of OLPC XO laptops to the version 1.5, until OLPC releases the XO 2 based on ARM sometime later when the correct components and software become available.
John Watlington, Vice President Hardware Engineering at One Laptop Per Child, shows us the latest status of the XO 1.5 project at a Hotel room in Taipei where team of hardware and software engineers from OLPC are working with Quanta and others to get the XO 1.5 version released in the next few months.
Mitch Bradley, One Laptop Per Child Firmware Lead, shows and explains why the Open Firmware that he created is useful and important not only for the OLPC project but used and important for many other parts of the industry.