December 7, 2006

The OLPC in Person

At the Google Media party on Monday, there was an olpc on display. I had noodled with the board level electronics but I had not until then gotten the chance to mess with the hardware. I think it's pretty neat.

You'll notice a couple of things, The cool wireless ears, the nice display. It weights a little more than a thickish O'Reilly book (Tim, not Bill) , the keys are softish and water resistant. There are 3 ports, and the screen rotates around so it can be read like a book. There are 3 mousepads that you can use either for mousing or for a signature pad.

The whole things can be gamey, with the dpad and direction buttons on the screen. There are speaker/headphone and microphone jacks and there is a built in handle. It was pretty neat. I want to try to give one next year to the students and mentors in the summer of code to help bootstrap cool apps for it. It wouldn't add a significant amount of money to the SoC program, and would be really neat for everyone involved.


Anonymous said...

You lucky bastards over there at Google, getting to play with OLPCs and having spaceships in your office!

Funny story: when I was a little kid, I was watching the TV Guide channel to see what was on. I saw O'Reilly go by and flipped to that, having recognized the name from some of my books. I waited and waited, but he never ended up talking about computer stuff. I learned later that it was Bill. I had this same problem when I was looking for The Simpsons but ended up finding OJ Simpson a couple of times.

Ryan said...

color me ignorant...but the acronym is "one laptop per child," right? is this the same thing as the hundred dollar laptop? (that's negroponte and mit, among others, right?) or are they different?

Chris DiBona said...

It is indeed the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris!

Hope you remember thejapa over #summer-discuss in slashnet.

It is nice to hear you want to give an OLPC next year in next year's SoC, I believe this is an awesome investiment not to mention the geek factor at work.

Nick said...

And I always enjoy the blog to read!thanx

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that the OLPC is closer to what many people in the developed world need than most commercial PCs. In order to get the cost down, the OLPC was designed with a lot of simplifications that just make sense in general. There are lots of people who only use their PCs for simple tasks: reading electronic documents, word processing, email. For such tasks, all the extra technology is not just unnecessary, but a positive nuisance.