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OLPC Unveils Plans For Tablets By 2012 102

adeelarshad82 writes "The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative outlined its product roadmap for the next three years, a plan that includes the release of tablet-based OLPC by 2012. During the next three years, OLPC plans on releasing two laptops, the first two years' priced around $200 and $150 respectively, before launching a tablet in 2011 for less than $100."
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OLPC Unveils Plans For Tablets By 2012

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  • by Capt.DrumkenBum ( 1173011 ) on Wednesday December 23, 2009 @05:28PM (#30539074)
    For some reason everyone seems to think a tablet is the holy grail of computing. I can tell you, for most uses they don't add any value. I have owned two of them, and found both to be uncomfortable, and difficult to use. On the other hand, my HackBook Mini (AKA HP Mini 1000 with Snow leopard) gets used daily, and is an absolute pleasure to use.

    Tablets seem like a solution in search of a problem to me.
  • Yeah (Score:3, Informative)

    by Bruce Perens ( 3872 ) * <> on Wednesday December 23, 2009 @05:30PM (#30539100) Homepage Journal
    I wish it were for real, but their history of late says anything but.

    Sugar works fine on other platforms. At least we have that.

  • by DragonWriter ( 970822 ) on Wednesday December 23, 2009 @07:00PM (#30539812)

    I still am not entirely sure about this project -- there seems to be more of a reliance on technology as an end in itself, simply crossing fingers for some kind of digital third-world transformation to occur.

    From the beginning, the OLPC project has been clear that it is an education project in which technolgoy is a means of enabling a particular mode of education, not a project in which technology is an ends.

    Instead of outcomes, they seem to be focusing on outputs, namely laptops distributed. But what are they supposed to do with them practically? Does it give them a pocket library, replacing books if not thousands of books?

    Yes, one focus of the project has been developing Free (libre) content.

    Will this help them with agriculture?

    Its not intended to, directly, though if it succeeds either in increasing the quality or (by being a more efficient replacement for other materials) reducing the cost (or both) of education, it is likely to do so as a secondary effect, but improving skill base and/or freeing resources.

    Are there any structured curriculums for learning?

    There is some work on those in some of the content projects, though, remember, that the prime focus of the OLPC has been to sell to national education ministries. Constructing structured curricula around the provided resources would remain the responsibility of those users, for the most part. (Also, the focus of the OLPC project has been on enabling constructivist education, which has less focus on structured curricula; still, its features are also useful for more traditional education.)

    Can it do anything with disaster recovery, like help locate food and water?

    Not that I know of. Nor is it advertised or promoted as a disaster recovery tool.

    Are there guides on it for setting up sanitation systems and preventing disease?

    There's at least one project [] for that, yes.

"What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying." -- Nikita Khrushchev