Category: Kinderlappy

OLPC Hospitals

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By , February 6, 2008 4:24 pm

I finally got to see one of the XO machines last week in a community of practice meeting and it sparked quite a bit of conversation. Some of the points that came up included… well what happens when they break down? Well it seems that not only are the kids learning about and with what comes off the screen of these little green gadgets, but also about what is behind the screen as well. It seems to fit well with this post from last week and while unrelated to the current posts… in my head there are some odd connections to Downes’ recent post on media and message. Hopefully I’ll get around to getting out of my head how these are all connected. 

Kinderlappy now rolling, pay it forward

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By , September 25, 2007 8:38 am

There have been a few stories about what the XO’s (nee kinderlappy) will be costing and where it’s going to be available. But until recently, it’s availability to the “developed” world has been unknown. Enter The Giving Project.

Starting November 12th, for $399USD (that should be about $1.50CDN by the time 😉 … oh the hubris :D), if you buy one, you get a tax receipt for half (US only I would assume) and OLPC will provide one laptop for some child elsewhere in the world.

This is brilliant, this way governments can get help from the “geeks” that can, schools here, who already sponsor children can purchase a lab of these machines and know that there is another lab out there somewhere in the world (if only there was that level of control) that is also being developed. This certainly is paying forward, or helping others by helping yourself.

OLPC gains a friend in Intel

By , July 14, 2007 11:47 pm

I haven’t written on this for a while, but it seems that the kinderlappy idea isn’t dead – Intel has decided to help out on OLPC while still supporting it’s own classmate efforts (GN).

So why may you ask am I posting on my holiday – 2h worth of rendering… that is why.

OLPC to teach kids in the Mindtools mindset

By , January 3, 2007 1:41 pm

According Daily Tech, the kinderlappy is going to be focusing on teaching kids how to use Office apps rather than how to create new things using an interface called “Sugar”. I don’t think they are really understanding what learning with a laptop can mean. It’s not about creating new “things” whatever those are, it’s about getting kids to start to understand how to use tools and approach problems with the tools that they have (ala Mindtools). The biggest and baddest of these is of course it’s OS that can be modified and supports a massive array of “things”. To me, this is classic gearhead thinking and why you shouldn’t let techs decide what to use in the classroom. In the end it’s about what you do with what you have that is important, something that thankfully the people behind the kinderlappy seem to understand.

Sugar, the OLPC Human Interface. Sugar provides chat and sharing functions for the core applications featured on the OLPC. Christopher Blizzard, a lead developer for the OLPC project, emphasizes “We want this interface to be social. This means that kids can communicate in every app that they can show each other things, that they can take each other on tours of the web and many other ways of collaborating.”

Another kinderlappy

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By , December 21, 2006 7:07 am

It seems that the generous effort to create cheap laptops for the world’s less fortunate youth, the various “One digital device per child” programs have unlocked a beast in the “developed” world as well. Lite Appliances is the newest entry into the market with machines starting at about $250USD and uses non “name” parts and open source or web based software for functionality.

Kinderlappy to run XP?

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By , December 5, 2006 10:25 am

Well, according to VNUnet that is what is happening right now. Apparently an SD card slot was included on the system “just for Microsoft”, and that is how the XP installation will be facilitated. But if they can install XP that way, why not other OSes?

OLPC ships first prototypes

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By , November 16, 2006 2:06 pm

Take a look.

AMD Cans it’s Kinderlappy Project

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By , November 14, 2006 7:36 am

Even though it seems that MS (cell phones – which mind you may have much more traction and with Google’s push to bring ads there as well, the cost could plumit – though I would hate having ads on my cell, but then that is likely what I would have though just before Google brought ads to search) and Intel (Eduwise) are still in the ring against the OLPC project, AMD has announced that it’s pulling out of the race. In light of $99 laptops available from retailers already maybe the whole idea of a “regular” laptop for cheap is a mute point and the considerations for infrastructure that have been made by OLPC and ubergadget solutions may be why those solutions are moving while others are dying.

OLPC now XO (hug and kiss?)

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By , October 24, 2006 12:27 pm

Engadget is reporting that the name has changed as well as commenting that in the past few weeks, the specs and the price have also changed. They mention that it’s so new that it hasn’t even been posted to the olpc wiki.

Intel’s Eduwise rechristened Classmate PC – we need a Frankenkinderlappy

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By , September 28, 2006 4:04 pm

I mentioned this device before, but now, Intel has rolled out it’s Classmate PC. The big advantage that this will likely have over the OLPC or MS versions of the kinderlappy is that Intel is also big into WiMax, something that will allow these machines to connect to the world on a much grander scale than traditional WiFi will. The problem is the power – that is where OLPC’s kinderlappy shines.

Ideally, we should have a kinderlappy with WiFi, WiMax, flash storage, Linux and a crank/pullstring power supply.

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