Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st May 2008 07:26 UTC, submitted by Bobthearch
Hardware, Embedded Systems The One Laptop Per Child project, including its leader Nicholas Negroponte, has weathered quite a few storms lately. There was a flood of criticism coming from the open source world when Negroponte stated that Windows might become the platform of choice, and when former employee and contributor Ivan Krstic stepped in the round, both the project as well as its leader had to face quite a few harsh words. All this hasn't slowed down the project at all, it seems, as Negroponte just unveiled the plans for version 2.0 of the OLPC. Instant update: There's a video of the unveiling too.
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This is an upgrade?
by Jack Matier on Wed 21st May 2008 23:23 UTC
Jack Matier
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A few months ago, I had the opportunity to sit down and play with OLPC 1, as well as observe people who primarily work with MacBook Pro's play with it.

The general consensus was that it was slow, and I suppose it was, but only comparatively with computers of this day. The other "problem" attacked was that the interface was very different, so most had problems getting accustomed to it.

But at the same time, after 10 minutes I knew how everything functioned without opening the manual. When the programs did load they were responsive, the networking was nice and battery was out of this world. Only 'issue' I had was that the keyboard was a bit small to type on. If there was a bigger version that cost $300-$400, I would get it even to use as a document reader. Hell yeah.

Considering that was version 1, I thought version 2 would be simply a time to adjust the OS a bit. Maybe by take out some crud, fixing some of the other issues cropped up as well as upgrade some hardware, since it would be cheaper now.

Then I saw this.

Imagine, just for a second, that you're a kid, here in someplace that's not a third world country... and you get this laptop. Cool right? By the end of the month, that screen would be so dirty and probably start to malfunction, of course you'll clean it though with your parents dish cloth. Now try to imagine yourself typing on a touch screen display keyboard. There's a reason why there's so much emphasis on the feedback given when you press a key on a keyboard. I wouldn't have any idea what key I was pressing without looking down. Mind you, it's probably targeted towards people to 'touch' type. Looking down at the keyboard for every letter before they press it.

Only a few things needed to change, and now this? If an organization can't take a product into version 2 without making a completely new product there's something really wrong.

This device just seems impractical, it doesn't teach anything and just gloats.

The only plus side here is that they get to experience how messed up and whipped we are by the corporate world. AKA. Microsoft.

What a disaster.

Edited 2008-05-21 23:27 UTC

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