"The next generation laptop should be a book,” Nicholas Negroponte, founder of One Laptop Per Child, is quoted in Laptop Magazine’s blog, which notes that the second-gen machine will offer a hinges and a "foldable e-book form factor." Check out the accompanying video.
Excerpt from LM: "The system will employ the dual indoor-and-sunlight displays, which was pioneered by former OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen. The design will provide a right and left page in vertical format, a hinged laptop in horizontal format, and a flat, two-screen continuous surface for use in tablet mode. ‘Younger children will be able to use simple keyboards to get going, and older children will be able to switch between keyboards customized for applications as well as for multiple languages,’ the press release reads. The device will also reduce power consumption to 1 watt."
Commercial competition with similar form factor?
The inevitable questions? Will Asus and others try to beat OLPC to the punch with models with the same form factor? And will it be possible for them to use the OLPC screen technology?
I’d also love to know if OLPC will pay more attention to e-book software than it has so far. And how about something that can read the ePub format?
Other news: G1G1 starts again—and OLPC News editor steps down
In other news, OLPC says the Give One Get One program will start up in August or September.
Also—in a very separate development—Wayan Volta is stepping down as editor of the independent OLPC News while staying on as publisher. Replacing him will be Bryan Berry of OLE Nepal and Christoph Derndorfer of OLPC Austria. Good luck to all.