OLPC (One Laptop Per Child), a U.S-based nonprofit organization will showcase its XO tablet at CES, next week, which will be staged in Las Vegas.
Edward McNierney, Chief Technology Officer of the organization said it will begin shipping to customers in March 2012, with more than 75,000 units already ordered by OLPC projects in Uruguay and Nicaragua.
The tablet features a Marvel chip combined with an ARM-based CPU running at 1 GHz. It’ll be stocked with 512MB of on-board memory, and will be configurable with either Android or Sugar operating systems. Sugar is OLPC’s own Linux operating system, which was designed specifically for kids. “We designed the XO-3 with an open fire ware and with open BIOs so it is easy to support multiple operating systems. Countries can choose between Android and Sugar,” Ed McNierney (the CEO of OLPC) said.
The XO 3.0 Tablet measures in at 8 inches, with 1024 x 768-resolution PixelQi display, which can be read indoors and out, about a quarter of an inch thick, and is said to be waterproof and durable. The tablet device is predicted to cost less than $100. The coolest feature that the XO 3.0 Tablet can be powered by hand-cranking—to the tune of 10 minutes of run time for every minute of work.