As Forbes reports, Negroponte showed off photos and specifications of what he calls XO-2, the next generation of the XO laptop, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The device will do away with the rubber keyboard, and instead sport two touch-screen displays hinged together in the middle. This way, the laptop can function like the pages of a book, or as a traditional laptop with a touch-screen keyboard.
The OLPC project is aiming for a selling price of USD 75, which is an ambitious goal if you take into account that the current USD 100 XO laptop actually costs USD 188. In addition, power consumption will be cut in half, from 2 watts to 1 watt. The device is scheduled for a launch in 2010.
Negroponte also took aim at Ivan Krstic during the presentation. "One person idiotically said that 'Nicholas isn't interested in learning,' or something like that," he fumed, "It really puzzled me, because this is an education project, it's not a laptop project. I don't think I can say it more often."