There is a new One Laptop per Child tablet/laptop in development (the XO-infinity). It is specifically designed for school students and has interesting modular features (I would like to see USB dock and mSata docs added). But the previous OLPC devices were not shown to have improved learning and I do not expect this device to either. Jay suggests several days training for each school, with a core team of teaching doing the training. But curiously they don't suggest using the iPad itself, or the Internet, as part of the training. Insrtead this is all face-to-face teaching, which I suggest is missing the point.
ps: The Xo_infinity is intended to have user upgradeable modules. This is a good idea in theory (several of the laptops I have had included this feature). But I suggest basing the modules on existing interface standards and form factors, to lower the production cost and widen the choice. In particular, I suggest having:
- USB dongle bay, : This would be a recess in the base of the case with a removable cover and containing widely spaced USB sockets. Memory sticks, WiFi, 4G, TV and other USB devices could be plugged in.
- mSata Bay: Make a plastic case which clips around a standard size mSata board, so this then can be slid into a slot in the computer case. This way custom electronics does not need to be manufactured, just the plastic case.
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