MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following an announcement last week from Neonode, One Laptop Per Child (â€œOLPCâ€), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide every child in the world access to new channels of learning, sharing and self-expression, confirmed today that an exciting new and transformative version of the XO device is currently in development.
Part laptop, part tablet, the XO-4 Touch will represent a huge leap forward in what OLPC can offer. As its development name, the â€œXO-4 Touchâ€ suggests, the device will come equipped with an optical multi-touch capable screen from Neonode. The XO-4 Touch will combine the XOâ€™s existing laptop functionality and sunlight-usable display with a full-fledged tablet mode. The XO-4 Touch also runs the new MarvellÂ® ARMADAÂ®2128 processor.
OLPC CEO Rodrigo Arboleda said, â€œThere is constant debate over laptops versus tablets in educational programs. But the truth is both have their merits. While maintaining our XOâ€™s award-winning design from Yves Beharâ€™s FuseProject, we have combined features of both devices to deliver dual benefits. The new XO-4 Touch is more than just a device, itâ€™s a new way of facilitating learning.â€
With their impressive history with mobile devices, Neonode has developed energy-efficient technology that is ideal for the XO. Neonode touchscreens are fast scanning, have low-latency pen and brush sensors, and can detect pressure. All of these features will help take the new, dual-function XO to a new level.
In addition to the new hardware technology, OLPC has been very active in strengthening strategic partnerships with world-class educational content developers, including Sesame Street Workshop, UNESCO and Little Pim, to provide content for the XO laptops and tablets. While the XO-4 Touchâ€™s launch date and pricing are yet to be confirmed, the release is expected in Q1 in 2013.