The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project could soon have yet another offspring, this time round it will be known as the XO-3 tablet computer where founder Nicholas Negroponte is proud to announce that a working prototype ought to be ready by the time December 2010 rolls around, which is around a couple of years ahead of initial projections. Negroponte also claimed that the final product ought to retail in the region of $75 thereabouts. Children in the developed world (as well as developing ones, we’re sure) will be the main beneficiary of this device that is touted to merge the functions of a notebook, iPad and Kindle – although don’t expect it to perform as well as each of those individual devices considering the money you fork out for it as well as its innards. We could very well be looking at a 9″ display at the very leasy, not to mention haptic feedback availability and the ability to be used both indoors as well as outdoors. The prototype will come with a glass screen, but they are working towards an entire unit made out of 100% plastic with a CES 2012 target date. We wonder just how long each of these puppies will last, otherwise our landfills would have another plastic problem to deal with in the long run.
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