Pixel Qi: The Display That Will Make You Want an E-Reader

We've gone through it time and time again: One of the most formidable problems e-readers need to overcome is the expensive and primitive issue of e-ink. But Mary Lou Jepsen, of OLPC fame, has a new display that just might make the e-reader a viable, desirable, and even inexpensive gadget. » 5/30/09 6:30pm 5/30/09 6:30pm

Pixel Qi Laptop Could Run for 20-40 Hours on Standard Battery

Mary Lou Jepsen—the XO Laptop's designer and OLPC's CTO before defecting and founding Pixel Qi—has even grander ambitions for new laptop project than hitting a mythical $75 pricetag. Pixel Qi is working on a laptop will be able to run on a standard for 20 to 40 hours, no pixie dust required. » 11/29/08 9:30pm 11/29/08 9:30pm

OLPC Origin: Bittersweet Success and Future of the XO Laptop

When I met with Nicholas Negroponte not long ago, he laughed at the coverage he'd received through the past few years, including our own portrayal of Intel chairman Craig Barrett and him as Beavis and Butthead. Far more hurtful have been the admonitions of his own former staffers who feel he has mismanaged the OLPC… » 8/28/08 2:40pm 8/28/08 2:40pm

OLPC Origins: US and Taiwan's Hardware Lovechild

In November of 2005, Nicholas Negroponte and his OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen traveled to Tunisia for the UN-sponsored World Summit on the Information Society, where they were able to present a "working" $100 laptop concept to Kofi Annan, UN secretary general. No longer did the machine rely on that pop-up… » 8/27/08 12:30pm 8/27/08 12:30pm

Secret Origin of the OLPC: Genius, Hubris and the Birth of the Netbook

From the moment Nicholas Negroponte showed off his $100 laptop concept at the Davos world economic summit in January 2005, it was as if the tech world's supermoguls were glowering down on him in judgment. Over the course of the year, Craig Barrett, Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs weighed in, privately… » 8/26/08 12:00pm 8/26/08 12:00pm

OLPC Is F'd: Defected XO Laptop Designer Plans New $75 Laptop

Mary Lou Jepsen, the XO laptop's designer and OLPC's CTO, split from the project a little over a week ago to "commercialize" some of the tech she developed for the project—the display in particular—through a for-profit venture, Pixel-Qi. Probable result: a new generation of OLPC competitors from commercial outfits. But… » 1/10/08 3:31pm 1/10/08 3:31pm