One Laptop Per Child Isn't Quite Dead Yet

Fans of the One Laptop Per Child program were shocked and saddened to hear of the organization's imminent demise this week. There's only one problem: OLPC isn't actually dead. Despite what some blogs are reporting, the organization is alive and well… just not as alive and well as it once was. » 3/11/14 6:32pm 3/11/14 6:32pm

Ethiopian Kids Hack Their OLPC Tablets in 5 Months, With No Help

Give a thousand Ethiopian kids - who have never seen a printed word let alone played around with expensive consumer technology - a tablet, and what happens? They hack it. Obviously. » 10/31/12 6:15am 10/31/12 6:15am

OLPC's Latest Tablet/Computer Hybrid Coming in 2013

The OLPC Foundation is still on their quest to bring technology to less developed parts of the world, and the latest plan is to release the XO-4 Touch in 2013. It will be a tablet/laptop hybrid with a 7.5-inch, multitouch display designed for constant exposure to sunlight and a low-power Marvell chipset. » 8/15/12 10:20am 8/15/12 10:20am

Laptop Giveaways, Fat Suction, and Other Stories We Didn't Post

So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case. » 5/09/12 9:40pm 5/09/12 9:40pm

OLPC XO 3.0 Hands On: The $100 Wonder Tablet

Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child initiative has historically been more about promise than fulfillment. But in the $100 XO 3.0 tablet, OLPC may have its first product that's not just practical, capable, or cheap. It's actually… good. » 1/08/12 7:02pm 1/08/12 7:02pm

Here's What $100 Worth of Wondertablet Looks Like: OLPC XO 3.0 First…

Just hours ago we reported that the One Laptop Per Child project was going to unveil their $100 tablet at CES. And now we have some of the first official photos of the highly affordable, yet extremely durable device. » 1/07/12 7:30pm 1/07/12 7:30pm

The $100 OLPC Tablet Is Really Real

Building on its success with laptops designed for developing countries, the One Laptop Per Child project is set to unveil a long-awaited tablet at CES next week. Here's what you get for $100. » 1/07/12 12:40am 1/07/12 12:40am

New OLPC Idea: Literally Throw Them at Children from Helicopters

The One Laptop Per Child project has had a long, noble, bumpy road. The dream of getting computers into every small 3rd world hand hasn't arrived yet, but now there's a new plan: toss 'em out of helicopters. » 11/02/11 5:00pm 11/02/11 5:00pm

A Celebration of Design Without Designers

The basic premise of TechnoCRAFT, a new San Francisco gallery exhibition, is that something's gone wrong in the history of people making things. These days, designers have all the power—and maybe it's time to put users in control. » 8/20/10 9:40am 8/20/10 9:40am

$35 Dollar Tablet Will Cost $20, Eventually $10

The Indian government has revealed its super-super-low-priced tablet computer, which it says it'll start selling to students this year—for $35. It's a bit bulky, but for $35 you can't really whine about the bezel size. » 7/23/10 5:00am 7/23/10 5:00am

OLPC XO-3 Dream Tablet May Come True After All

Last December, One Laptop per Child's XO-3 tablet was an impossible dream: semi-flexible plastic, multitouch, sci-fi thinness, all for $75. And while a partnership with Marvell helps breathe life into XO-3, it won't resemble winter's fantasy device. » 5/27/10 8:00am 5/27/10 8:00am

I Wonder How Many More OLPCs This Fake Ad Would've Sold (NSFW)

Click to viewDo I even need to explain that a video entitled "One Laptop Per Third World Noob" might be a bit tasteless? Sure, I chuckled at the stick figures and the lewd child pornography references, but I'm also a terrible person. » 2/01/10 9:20pm 2/01/10 9:20pm

OLPC XO-3: An Impossible $75 Fantasy Tablet I Want to Believe In

The dual-touchscreen XO-2 was a fantastical concept. But it's nothing on OLPC's XO-3, a hot, messy wet dream of a tablet: All semi-flexible plastic, multitouch, backlit and reflective ereading modes, thinner than an iPhone and $75. » 12/22/09 3:01pm 12/22/09 3:01pm

Steve Jobs Helped Negroponte With the OLPC Laptop

Talking at the University of Pennsylvania yesterday, One Laptop per Child's founder Nicholas Negroponte said that Steve Jobs helped in the development of the OLPC computer. Wait. What? » 12/04/09 11:26am 12/04/09 11:26am

Rest In Peace, Ridiculous Dual-Screen OLPC XO-2

It has always been an unspoken fear—or assumption, even—that the dual-touchscreen followup to the original OLPC, the XO-2, would never come to pass. But we let the dream live! Until today: the XO-2 is officially scrapped. » 11/03/09 3:18pm 11/03/09 3:18pm

Pedal-Powered OLPC Tested in Afghanistan: Free Power (and Killer…

OLPC's Give One Get One initiative has delivered around 11,000 XO-1 laptops to Afghanistan schools alone. But power is a problem when you get off the grid, so the team there has had to think outside the box. » 10/13/09 9:50am 10/13/09 9:50am

Microwaved OLPC Gets Molded Into a Scary Sushi Slug

Kenny Irwin is an artist with a strange medium—microwaved plastic. His latest creation started out as an OLPC, but ended up looking like a slug made out of sushi. Did I mention that you could actually own this thing? » 9/18/09 2:00pm 9/18/09 2:00pm

Sugar On a Stick Turns Any Netbook Into Your Very Own OLPC

While it's probably not very practical for typical day-to-day laptop use, the Sugar Linux desktop environment, designed for the OLPC project, is a novel take on user interfaces. Now, Sugar Labs has released Sugar on a Stick, a version of the OS that is designed to boot, run and save data from and on a USB drive. [… » 6/24/09 4:58am 6/24/09 4:58am

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

India Buys 250,000 OLPC Laptops After Own $10 Laptop Project Didn't…

In a bit of an about-face, India has placed a huge order for 250,000 OLPC XO laptops for their schools. This is a huge victory for the OLPC project. » 4/28/09 1:00am 4/28/09 1:00am