OLPC and ebook readers
A quick link today to David Pogue’s New York Times review of the One Laptop Per Child program, Nicolas Negroponte’s pet project to build and deliver $100 laptops to all the world’s children. The arguments for and against the idea can be found elsewhere, but Pogue’s review suggests a couple of things that are relevant to ebooks. Firstly, here’s his take on the machine’s screen:
the XO’s color screen is bright and, at 200 dots an inch, razor sharp (1,200 by 900 pixels). But it has a secret identity: in bright sun, you can turn off the backlight altogether. The resulting display, black on light gray, is so clear and readable, it’s almost like paper.
And then, there’s the larger point that if we can design and build tough, general purpose computing devices that will sell for the price of a meal at a Sydney restaurant, then there must be a way to deliver a more affordable e-reading solution. But what do I know, I don’t have an MBA!