Cameroon1 - children with XO computer

It’s about the size of a small textbook. It has built-in wireless and a unique screen that is readable under direct sunlight for children who go to school outdoors. It’s extremely durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, and fun.

That’s the description, on the One Laptop Per Child site, of the XO, an amazing, highly portable, highly durable, small laptop computer specially designed and made for children in developing countries.

Yesterday I had the privilege of seeing one of these amazing devices close-up and hearing about them from local Gold Coast business owner and software developer Steve Dalton.

If you would like to learn more about this wonderful project, One Laptop Per Child and maybe join with those who are helping with development and distribution, here are some links:

One Laptop Per Child – http://laptop.org

Friends site – community site and blog – http://olpcfriends.org

Gold Coast, Australia, group – http://groups.google.com/group/osdgc

Photo credit: Cameroon 1 – One Laptop Per Child – Creative Commons

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