Nice, but is it vaporware?

The OLPC(one laptop per child)  people have been touting their next device which, with its two touch screens, looks just like a twenty-first century book. From the press release:

Enhanced Book Experience – Dual-touch sensitive displays will be used to enhance the e-book experience, with a dual-mode display similar to the current XO laptop. The design provides a right and left page in vertical format, a hinged laptop in horizontal format, and a flat two-screen wide continuous surface that can be used in tablet mode. 

Of course, some have already suggested that the OLPC project makes an ideal ebook reading device. But these preliminary ideas for OLPC2 suggest that its next incarnation might fit that ideal even better. of course, it’s easy to render up a couple of fancy images and tell us it’s coming soon. I’ll believe this one when I see it.


2 comments so far

  1. Denis Crowdy on

    How’s the iphone for reading in bright sunlight? Show me _any_ device that beats the screen of the XO in a wide range of conditions (light drizzle too if you’re game!). Granted, the device’s lack of power makes reading really large files clumsy, but this is a known issue that is being worked on I believe. I was a bit believe-it-when-I-see-it about the XO until I got one and have been astonished at the features that make my macbook look so primitive.

  2. shermanfyoung on

    Hi Denis – it’s pretty good; and can you show us your XO next time I run into you 🙂



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