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Coming Soon: XO Computer

Yesterday the window opened for those of us in the US and Canada to order one of the XO computers (aka $100 laptop) and have one sent to a child in a developing country.

The opportunity to participate in this strange experiment will be available through the Give One Get One site until November 26th and will cost you $399 for both computers. Plus shipping to you, of course.

That last piece was a little bit of a shock but then I’m way too used to cheap shipping on web commerce sites. The $24.95 for that part seems excessive but is probably closer to actual cost.

More information about how the computer works and the software that comes with it is on the OLPC Explore pages.

Anyway, I’ve ordered mine and I’m looking forward to playing with the little green machine (and pass it around to my colleagues) after reading for years about it’s development.

xo, olpc, giveonegetone

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6 Comments

  1. can’t wait to hear about it… really jealous and want to read all about it!

  2. Nicole

    I think this is great as long as the laptop’s main use will be word processing. By being so low in price, it makes me wonder whether or not the laptop is capable of handling larger programs and software. Overall though, I think this is a great window of opportunity to spread technology in a more economic manner.

  3. Tim

    Actually, the laptop’s main use is intended to be pretty far from word processing. This is a machine for communication and collaboration. For me, manipulating text is the least interesting part of instructional technology.

  4. JUDY ANN

    THE PRICE IS GOOD AND WISH THEY WERE BEING GIVEN TO CHILDREN HERE IN THE U.S.A. LOTS OF POOR PEOPLE HERE AND THE CHILDREN WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ONE ALSO, BUT I UNDERSTAND THE CHILDREN IN OTHER PLACES HAVE NEEDS TOO. MAY BE SOME DAY WE CAN HAVE A PROGRAM LIKE THAT HERE,
    I HAVE TO HANDYCAPED GRANDSONS THAT WOULD LOVE THEM ALSO. THANK YOU

  5. Lorna M.S.

    I got mine today and so far, so good. No instructions to speak of but I turned it on, got on the Internet and was impressed by the color graphics. Very exciting!

  6. Kay

    My daughter and 11 of her cousins should be getting theirs sometime soon. I can’t wait to see how it works! She is so excited to get this, I am happy to hear Lorna say hers worked right away. We do not have internet service at our home, so I am curious if it will still work. I did a lot of reading on it, but I still will have to wait and see. These were given as Christmas presents by their very generous grandparents. Hope the kids in Haiti like theirs too!

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