YOU MAY START TO WISH YOU WERE a third-grade child in Burundi, since you will have a chance to enjoy this future computer. Designer Yves
Behar shares images of the the world’s cheapest PC and the upgrade version of so-called XO computer –previously known as the “$100 Laptop” or “Children’s Machine”. As we know, this is part of One Laptop Per Child, MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte’s non-profit effort.
That revamped machine, known as the XO-3 and targeted for release in 2012, is still more of a pipe dream than a product. But early designs for the PC reveal a minimalist slate of touch-powered electronics that drops practically every feature of a traditional computer except its 8.5-by-11-inch screen, a scheme that would shed all of the first XO’s child-like clunkiness without losing its simple accessibility.
The non-profit organization’s mission
is “To create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning.”