Team BUTIÃ from Uruguay has been working on an XO robotics project for over a year. They showed off their line-following XO-robot, butiabot, in Montevideo this weekend. An XO running TurtleArt code hooked up to a mobile robotic platform followed a dark line along the ground.
They have posted some details of their prototypes online.
This reminds me of the XO hack to control a Roomba over the Net, but cooler, with Turtle Art and a realtime-hackable control program.
OLPC kids have hacked their laptops and turned them into robots.
Meanwhile big educational ngo’s like UNICEF, Global Partnership for Education still continue in their linear thinking: “we’ve learned with books, pens and a teacher in front of the class”, and keep spending all the money in making plans and if there’s some money left in books and pens, and question if a solar powered open source rugged laptop at 27 euro/kid.year +500 ebooks makes sense.
Also you could find more info in http://www.flickr.com/photos/butiarobot/sets/ and http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=147042805312846
Thanks, AndrÃ©s – post updated!