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A Close Look at the OLPC

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I have seen it, touched it, and played with it. The final industrial design prototype for the XO, the device that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Initiative is going to start shipping to countries across the world this summer. AMD hosted a luncheon on Monday to give the press an update on the project, and to unveil the completed design.

Although the exterior form factor is now pretty much set ("Unless," said OLPC official Michalis Bletsas half-jokingly, "Nicholas has another late-night inspiration."), there is still work to be done on the software package and the hardware internals before the planned summer volume rollout of the unit.

According the Bletsas, the Beta 1 units we saw had manufacturing screwups by several of the integrators.

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