One Vaporware $100 Computer Per Child

Michael Gartenberg on One Laptop Per Child’s newly-stated plans to switch from a traditional clamshell laptop to a touchscreen tablet:

Like the mythical predecessors that came before it, the new device is said to have an 8.5 × 11 inch touch screen made by Pixel Qi with an indoor/outdoor display, use inductive charging (like the Palm Pre), will be waterproof and cost no more than $100. Of course, you can’t buy or order one as they’re targeting 2012 for the ship date. I’ve been asked by a few folks how the OLPC project could manage this with their current specifications and the answer is simple: they won’t be able to.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009