The OLPC project’s wireless computing device has a new name: “The Children’s Machine!”

The Children's Machine

Like my kids, do you want to buy one, or do you know young people who will want one ASAP? One Laptop Per Child News has some interesting suggestions for how that might be accomplished!

According to Arstechnica, the technical details of the laptop are getting much more robust. I particularly applaud the built-in camera:

In addition to a faster processor, the CM1 sports several other new features not found in the original prototypes, including an SD card slot, microphone and speaker jacks (potentially for rumored VoIP support), and a digital camera capable of capturing video and still images (the drivers are actively being developed by Jonathan Corbet of Linux Weekly News). Technical details regarding the 8″ LCD screen have also been released, and despite the initial skepticism of the naysayers, the folks at MIT have hit a home run. The display will feature 1200×900 resolution. In a statement on the OLPC web site, project chairman Nicholas Negroponte reveals that the CM1 display “has higher resolution than 95 percent of the laptop displays on the market today, approximately one-seventh of the power consumption, one-third of the price, sunlight readability, and room-light readability with the backlight off.”

Thanks to Devin Henley for this link.


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