OLPC XO-3: An impossible $75 fantasy tablet

One Laptop Per Child has spun gold out of straw with its latest design--a semi-flexible plastic, ultrathin, multitouch, backlit tablet that can also function as an e-reader and camera.

The XO-3 is thinner than an iPhone. OLPC

A dual-touch-screen XO-2 laptop was a fantastical concept. But it's nothing on One Laptop Per Child's XO-3, a dream of a tablet.

The concept design, via Fuse Project, is all semi-flexible plastic, multitouch, and backlit. It functions as a color-screen e-reader and a camera. It's thinner than an iPhone, waterproof, and $75.

The tablet features a camera. OLPC

In other words, it's everything people have been fantasizing about in a tablet--durable, thin, multitouch, and multiple-screen modes for computing and reading--but for just $75.

Nicholas Negroponte, head of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child, wants it by 2012.

Remember, this is the organization that didn't just scrap the XO-2, but couldn't even tack a touch screen onto the current XO-1 laptop, which isn't anywhere near the $100 that Negroponte once dreamed of. (Hey, at least they gave up on the dual-touch-screen idea.)

This may say everything about the likelihood of the X0-3 ever happening. "We don't necessarily need to build it," Negroponte told Forbes on Tuesday. "We just need to threaten to build it."

The concept tablet includes a touch-screen keyboard. OLPC

This story originally appeared on Gizmodo.

 

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