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OLPC ex-CTO plans $75 laptop

Mary Lou Jepsen left the OLPC project to start Pixel Qi, and she aims to bring to reality a sub-$100 laptop.

Mary Lou Jepsen left the OLPC project to start Pixel Qi, and she aims to bring to reality a sub-$100 laptop.

An excerpt from TechCrunch:

Jepsen explains her low-power, low-cost, green approach to computer design here and states that one of Pixel Qi’s goals is the creation of a $75 laptop. Some of you will recall that the original goal of OLPC was to create a $100 laptop, but that price was later hiked up to $176 and then $188 (if you want to donate a laptop on the OLPC site, it costs $200, with shipping). It seems a bit premature to announce a $75 laptop when we are still waiting for the $100 one. But it is not inconceivable that we will get there in 12 to 18 months.

The article also has an excerpt from Jepsen explaining her intent to go commercial and to drive down the cost of manufacturing these devices.

For now, Pixel Qi will be marketing the dual mode daylight readable screen for mobile devices.

While the OLPC project faces issues with the exit of Intel, it is heartening to see that technologies that went into the OLPC project might serve the larger community.

More information:

Next up: The $75 laptop (ZDNet)

Pixel Qi claims $75 laptop possible (Tech Spot)

OLPC Is F'd: Defected XO Laptop Designer Plans New $75 Laptop (Gizmodo)

Do you think the $75 laptop is commercially feasible?

4 comments
david
david

It's funny about price - -all in the marketing - got lots of people talking ehh! Now these guys are rocking and rolling and doing great things - keep going thats what I say -- and it will get cheaper as more buy for sure. David Buy One Give One

JCitizen
JCitizen

The wired article hosted some comments that seemed pretty critical about the quality of the display screen. Anyone seen it? I assume as long as it is bright in sunlight, uses less power, and has at least as much resolution as the old CRT monochrome days; that it should be good enough in my opinion. I haven't seen one yet(too broke to order one).

pr.arun
pr.arun

But is a $75 laptop commercially possible?

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Granted, this sounds like an intentional consumer hardware goal rather than a educational tool goal. Whatever the outcome, she's learned from recent history and should get pleanty of media coverage and geek chatter by plugging it as "the 75% laptop". Outside of the business advantages; Wahoo.. new screens for everybody!

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