XOXO laptop by Yves BÃ©har06.9.08   |   Posted in: Tech   |   By: Andrea Tumino
Tags: Fuseproject, Industrial Design, One Laptop per Child, Tech, XOXO laptop, Yves Behar
A second-generation XO laptop was launched just 2 weeks ago in Boston, Massachusetts. Yves BÃ©har of fuseproject and the non-profit organization, One Laptop per Child (OLPC) are focusing energy on providing educational tools to help children in developing countries “learn learning”. The primary goal of this new “XO-2″ will be to advance new concepts of learning as well as to further drive down the cost of the laptop so that it affordable for volume purchase by developing nations.
â€œBased on feedback from governments, educators and most important, from the children themselves, we are aggressively working to lower the cost, power and size of the XO laptop so that it is more affordable and useable by the worldâ€™s poorest children,â€ said Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop per Child. â€œThe delivery of the first generation XO laptop has sparked tremendous global interest in the project and provided valuable input on how to make the XO laptop an even better learning tool moving forward.â€
The following is part of statement from BÃ©har:
With the XO (1.0), we pushed the boundaries of what a laptop could be by lowering the cost dramatically, being green (no heavy metals, lowest energy consumption ever), and a human-driven unique design approach.
Now, with XOXO (2.0), we are challenging what a truly collaborative and creative computing experience could beâ€¦a true departure from the traditional keyboard and screen layout, a new way to interface and play with data, information and communication: Imagine if your learning machine was an uninterrupted screen one could interface with from any direction. Imagine if it was a reading experience just like a book, and at the same time a seamless large visual tablet. Imagine if children could play board games sitting across from each other (or computer games). The XOXO is a book, a tablet, a board, and a laptop too if that is what you need. It is soft to the touch and you can take it anywhere.
Planned for early 2010, the XOXO should be the next learning object of desire, from Bogota, to Istanbul, to New York.