- Formal education is bad unless you have great teachers.
- There are a billion school age children in third world countries.
- They created a next generation LCD screen. Monochrome at high resolution. Color at lower resolution. Sunlight viewable.
- Laptop has very, very low power consumption: 1 watt.
- 20 hours of battery life.
- Automatic mesh networking.
- Automatic routing for other laptops.
- They had to get rid of the crank because it was fatiguing the laptop.
- Many ways to power it including a separate pull chord.
- All sorts of incredible innovations.
- No moving parts.
- Custom filesystem for the flash drive.
- Wireless range is 2km.
- Based on Fedora Linux.
- Completely new user interface paradigms.
- Great paradox of open source: it's too hard to figure out how to hack on it.
- Hence, they added a "view source" button and coded almost everything in Python. This is my dream come true!
- Help them out at dev.laptop.org.
- $100 price range, but you can't buy one yet.
- They're planning on rolling out 1-10 million units next year.
- I tried it out, and it's amazingly cool!
- OLPC is looking for volunteers, especially to write apps.
- Contribute significantly, and they'll give you a laptop.
- "Ideas are dangerous."
- Get an emulator at wiki.laptop.org.
Monday, February 26, 2007
PyCon: Keynote: One Laptop Per Child
Here's an outline of his talk on the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project: