The Longest Now


OLPC Tablet: the XO-3 prototypes are here
Monday January 09th 2012, 7:34 am
Filed under: %a la mod,Glory, glory, glory,wikipedia

The XO-3 design is almost finished.  And there is a steady stream of loving video and photo coverage of the first prototypes, from the gadget-geek journalists at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

I have a less flashy version of the prototype on my desk, but have yet to touch acquire one of the magical solar tablet-covers. (yes, it’s what you think.  yes, it makes sense for all devices below a certain power-to-area ratio… a ratio that gets larger in the tropics.)

fuseproject‘s design work is, as usual, interstellar.

Hat tip to Neal Stephenson for extra inspiration this time around.  (Update: as Kim Bruning notes, now we need to write the primer.)

Update: a video of an XO powered only by a solar panel twice its area.  that’s using the least expensive solar tech; panels twice that density can be had for under $4/Watt .


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