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XO-3 concept design is here!

Update: thanks for all of the feedback on the design!  There has been some discussion about materials, and a few interesting pieces have passed around the office, but no new eye-candy is forthcoming for a while -- we're busy getting the 1.5 out the door. The XO-3: it's designed to be thin, sleek, and touch, while continuing to lower power, cost, and material waste.  We've been anticipating the new designs for a while, and now they've arrived!  As announced in Tuesday's  press release, after our upcoming releases of our 1.5 and 1.75 models next year, we are looking at the XO-3, a thin touchscreen tablet, for 2012.  Here are the latest images from the Fuse design team: xo3 1 xo3 2 xo3 3 xo3 4 xo3 5 xo3 6 xo3 7 xo3 8 xo3 9 xo3 10

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Shashi (not verified) says: This is the best laptop design concept I have seen in my life. December 24, 2009 at 10 am

Kat Black (not verified) says: WOW! Such a leap from the original XO. Can't wait to get one, the original XO is pretty clunky - although still very pleased to have been part of the G1G1 scheme. December 24, 2009 at 10 am

Tsuyoshi O (not verified) says: This is so cool and innovative!!!!!!!!!!!!! Feeling the coming of the 21st century. It's really making me have one, too. December 24, 2009 at 2 pm

Patricia (not verified) says: Greattt! we are now working on the one laptop per child project in Paraguay! hope that in 2012 when this design is lounched we can also have it for our children! visit: December 24, 2009 at 5 pm

Quinn (not verified) says: Where does the power come in? The other designs had solar panels and a crank if I recall. I can't see anything like that on this? December 24, 2009 at 11 pm

Quinn (not verified) says: Q December 24, 2009 at 11 pm

Sujay Jha (not verified) says: The XO 3 seems to be an amazing machine . The price point also is very competitive at sub 100 dollars levels. In case the XO reaches India or the subcontinent in 2010 it will be a lethal instrument to attack any competition from China , Taiwan or any other locations . OLPC should look at introducing this model in 2010 March itself incase it has to stay ahead of other players . The early intoduction will enable a clear drift of strategy from military laptops to more sophisticated piece in emerging countries like India and China where Government and people are very concious on price , quality and value proposition ie content and collaboration through connectivity . Working as a volunteer has indeed given me a complete reflection of the market which is going through a metaphorsis in a very high speed. The lesson is lets pitch in new model faster for the survival of OLPC in India and China . December 25, 2009 at 7 am

Peeter Vois (not verified) says: The XO 3 seems to be ultra cool, so if it would have a pen for making quick notes, todo list by hand- it would find place in my daily work. I need something to replace my paper notebook- laptops will not do. December 27, 2009 at 9 am

sj (not verified) says: Sashi, Kat, Tsuyoshi: thank you! Please spread the news, we welcome all comments and suggestions. December 28, 2009 at 1 pm

sj (not verified) says: Patricia: I look forward to hearing the latest from your work in Paraguay. Will you have started the national roll-out next year? December 28, 2009 at 1 pm

sj (not verified) says: Peeter: Thanks for your comment, there have been a few suggestions for a pen. December 28, 2009 at 1 pm

sj (not verified) says: Quinn: we're currently looking at possibilities for charging via induction, trying to keep the number of ports or holes in the system down to zero if possible - that makes a much higher degree of dust and water proofing possible. The question is how robust the wireless interface and charging solutions can become by then. December 28, 2009 at 1 pm

Anon (not verified) says: Wow, forget Apple, these guys are true visionaries. December 29, 2009 at 3 pm

Dave Haynie (not verified) says: I love the basic concept. What's still missing... December 29, 2009 at 3 pm

Dave Haynie (not verified) says: Display? This should ideally be something like QualComm's Mirasol... color, fast, but only using power to change state, and better in sunlight, like an eBook. December 29, 2009 at 3 pm

Dave Haynie (not verified) says: Ports... ok, it's all wireless I guess. That can be occasionally a good idea... certainly you can push audio via Bluetooth and leave the amplification problem (and thus, the significant bit of power) to the playing device. Even with issues, ok, it's sealed, which is good. December 29, 2009 at 3 pm

Dave Haynie (not verified) says: How about charging, though. Do you really think induction will be efficient enough, versus a direct flexible voltage DC plug, to offset the usual efficiency losses inherent in induction charging (DC->AC->DC, if nothing else)? Hopefully you all did the math, rather than just leaving that out to look futuristic and all. December 29, 2009 at 3 pm

Dave Haynie (not verified) says: Camera.. is that the tiny dot below the "plus"? Looks smaller than a typical cellphone camera. Not a big deal, but with all that back-of-the-unit room, I'd love to see something better. December 29, 2009 at 3 pm

Gadgetoblog: Imposibles | 233news.com - Noticias, Informacio (not verified) says: [...] llama XO-3 y es la sucesora de otro ordenador que nunca vio la luz, el XO-2, una especie de libro con doble [...] December 30, 2009 at 4 am

New Year’s newsletter : 2009 in review | One Laptop per Chil (not verified) says: [...] Year’s newsletter : 2009 in review | One Laptop per Child on New views of OLPC newsAnon on XO-3 concept design is here!XO roadmap updates: XO 1.5, 1.75, and 3 | One Laptop per Child on Kicking off a gen-1.5 development [...] December 30, 2009 at 2 pm

richard budd (not verified) says: how can we purchase these for our secondary school in the sudan?
mail richard@gracesecondaryschool.com or visit www.gracesecondaryschool.com January 1, 2010 at 11 am

richard budd (not verified) says: many thanks XO - keep up the great work.
RB January 1, 2010 at 11 am

compughter (not verified) says: Loving the Look.. sleek like a Kindle. Can I tether a smartphone to it ?
Mobile Computer Solutions. January 1, 2010 at 12 pm

Robert (not verified) says: I sure hope we can see this in the G1G1 program. January 1, 2010 at 12 pm

june Fedorchuk (not verified) says: Please let me know where the power for this new xo unit comes from,its so ultra thin that I can hardly believe it works. January 1, 2010 at 12 pm

june Fedorchuk (not verified) says: How much is it ? Is it available on the buy one----get one plan, in Canada? January 1, 2010 at 12 pm

karl (not verified) says: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
I wish OLPC continued success in 2010 especially with the introduction of the
XO-3 to positively influence education, peace and prosperity in the developing world. January 1, 2010 at 12 pm

Jean-Francois poulin (not verified) says: Amazing work people simply stunning. A pen would be indeed an asset. Will you run the program again buy one send one ? January 1, 2010 at 12 pm

arlene coulter (not verified) says: i am wondering - is the keyboard lettering any larger or more widely spaced. my grandson has an original and as his hands grow, the fingering on small space is becoming more difficult January 1, 2010 at 12 pm

Natanael L (not verified) says: Do NOT forget that the battery MUST be replaceable! January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Natanael L (not verified) says: And maybe WiFi performance could bumped up by external antennas, that just would work as repeaters? They could even be powered by induction to eliminate additional ports! January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Natanael L (not verified) says: If it would be upgradeable (unlikely due to it's design), I'd sign up for buying one NOW! I might get one anyway - you can still use it as an SSH client using X, and then you got both power and flexibility! January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Lawrence Lockman (not verified) says: I just donated my OLPC XO to a school in Boston. It was purchased during the brief buy 2, get 1 program. I loved it, but outgrew its functionality. January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Lawrence Lockman (not verified) says: Will there be another buy 2, get 1 opportunity? January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Nick Winter (not verified) says: I want to be part of the g1g1 for that! That looks amazing! January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Mary Margaret (not verified) says: Bravo, what a fabulous design. I can't wait to g1g1 January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Mary Margaret (not verified) says: Happy New Year to you all and may 2010 be a more peaceful year for all. January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Nadon (not verified) says: It doesn't look robust, isn't it too thin to put in children hands? Does it have usb or SD card ports? Will there be a wiki page about it soon? January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Dan (not verified) says: Looks fragile. I realize that it is supposed to be flexible, but it still looks like it would be easy to break. Cool if you can pull it off, especially for <$100. Oh, and screen-based keyboards suck. At least stick a bluetooth module in there. January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Ken Arnold (not verified) says: Looks very cool. How is the screen protected? I would think that having it constantly exposed would lead to a lot of breakage, and i don't see a protective cover that can swing in to place. January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

saif (not verified) says: it great to know xo-3 to help people in education in sudan we are planing to give children on laptop so plz give us all the information January 1, 2010 at 1 pm

Mona (not verified) says: True visionaries is the word! XO-3 makes me melt! Congratulations guys! January 1, 2010 at 2 pm

jstheater (not verified) says: Very excited about this new model. Will we be able to participate in a new OLPC purchase program for overseas as we did with the first generation computer models? January 1, 2010 at 2 pm

jstheater (not verified) says: One other question: how robust is the screen, and has it been tested for repeated dropping or weight tolerance (someone stepping on it)? Just wondering. January 1, 2010 at 2 pm

ThePete (not verified) says: It seems risky to go with a form factor that has yet to prove itself as practical in the 1st World, to me. I think you guys should have just reinforced the keyboard, added a touchscreen and drop the price of the original XO since that form factor is practical and realistic. I feel like OLPC has a habit of coming up with semi-hair-brained ideas and thinking it doesn't harm their reputation. After doing G1G1 myself, and paying twice the originally promised $100, I know OLPC is capable of impressive work, but there were still enough design and admin mistakes that make me worry that a hardware design even more ambitious than the first maybe be a bad sign. I hope I am wrong, of course. From day one I've been a fan of OLPC and your mission. January 1, 2010 at 3 pm