Developed to be used primarily by children in the developing world
OLPC aims to sell the laptop for $100,-- or less. It has already been
tested in many countries.
Uruguay is the first country that placed an order for 100.000 machines
for a large scale education and communication project known as “Ceibal”.
To ensure the laptop is robust and can be maintained as easily as possible
it omits all moving parts. There is no hard drive, CD or DVD drive and
no cooling fans (low power processor).
The laptop has 1GB of flash memory, similar to that used in digital
cameras. The memory can be expanded (Memory card slot or peripheral
devices through the USB parts).
The processor is energy efficient, though rather slow (speed of just
433 Mhz). WiFi-Adapter and – new – WiMAX.
The laptop has a low power dual-mode display designed for use in outdoor
classrooms. The full-colour-mode is similar to other LCD, an ultra low-power-mode
(black and white) makes the screen readable in direct sunlight.
A still and motion capture camera, situated on the right hand side
of the screen allows video chat across the internet. A microphone input
and a line output allows playing music through external speakers and
The laptop has a Linux operating system (OS), open source free software,
including standard programs. Web browser based on Firefox, PDF reader
and media player as well as a word processor able to handle most common
A sealed rubber keyboard is waterproof and designed for a child´s
hands. Standard layout is QWERTY. Various configurations for different
languages such as Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Thai and others are possible.
The entire package is about half the weight and size of a standard
laptop. It is waterproof and dustproof.