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A First Look at the new XO 3.0 tablet from One Laptop Per ChildAt CES 2012 Eric Franklin takes a look at the new XO 3.0 tablet from OLPC, One Laptop Per Child.
Speaker 1: Hey, guys. Eric Franklin here from CNET. We're here at CES 2012. I have with me Ed McNierney, Chief Tech Officer of OLPC, that's One Laptop Per Child. Ed here to show the XO 3.0, right? Speaker 2: Absolutely. Speaker 1: Okay, Ed. Take us through why this tablet is special and why I should care about it? Speaker 2: Well, you should care it because our mission of providing education to kids around the world wherever they can get it, is... is really important to us. It should be important to everybody. The XO Tablet is an 8 inch tablet, comes in a waterproof case. It's actually waterproof itself, but the case keep things out of it. And it's a tablet that'd designed for education. It's designed for small kids. This is designed to be fun and have a good time with it. Speaker 1: What exactly are you expecting the kids to do with the tablet? Speaker 2: Well, we're building on the work that we've done with our XO 1 tab... laptop computers which we got about 2-1/2 million of those out in the world. Speaker 1: Yes. I suppose it's kinda have same aesthetic design, right... Speaker 2: Absolutely. Absolutely. You'll recognize them. Speaker 1: Kinda looking very kid like you know. Speaker 2: They're designed to be you know something that you enjoy and it's comfortable. Speaker 1: Sure. Speaker 2: Something that kids keep coming back to all the time. Speaker 1: Right. Speaker 2: But we built not only the hardware, but you know we really focus on open source software and hardware, so the all the educational content and all the educational tools that we've developed over the past are available on the tablet as well. One of the things we care about is low power and low cost. And this technology uses Marvell Armada 610 processor family. We're actually using that in our laptops as well, so we have a very low powered laptop and a very low-powered tablet. Speaker 1: What about... can you speak a little bit about to the software that is actually running. I heard it's running Linux? Speaker 2: It does run Linux. Our software is all Open even the firmware is Open. Our microphone port is actually a DC sensor input port, so you can put a thermometer, you can put electrical measurements, you know if you do experiments to do that kind of stuff with. Speaker 1: So you really... you're gi... you're really giving kids like a canvass to kinda experiment and kinda try different things and just see what happens you know based on their curiosity... Speaker 2: That's... that's a really good example because one of the things that we do with the tablet, we're doing our laptops too is provide a lot of tools to teach kids how to do programming. Had to write and debug programming. Speaker 1: Wow. Speaker 2: Because we've... there's a lot of evidence that says that when you're programming, it's a lot like learning about learning. Speaker 1: Can you speak a little bit. I've heard this have like some unique ways of charging the tablet? Speaker 2: We do. Speaker 1: Yeah, so can you show that a little bit? Speaker 2: Sure. I can. One of the things that we do is our charging port here is really unique in the... in the tablet industry. We can take anything between 10 volts, 25 volts varying power, anything that you can generate out there in... in the world. We dome that with our (Handcranked?). It's... it's kind of a fund demo. I wouldn't wanna use this as my primary power source... Speaker 1: What if you have nothing else? Speaker 2: Oh, it's... maybe as... maybe as a fallback. This is a 4 watts solar panel. The tablet uses about 2 watts, so you leave this out in the sun for an hour and it can / to run this for 2 hours. We've got a big fat standard USB port, Sneakernet... Sneakernet is really important where we go and everybody's got thumb drives. They gotta stick into a full sized port, so give them a full sized port. We've got the microphone and headphone ports that we talked about as well as the USB micro USB On-The-Go port, so you can put in those kind of peripherals and also connect to devices to each other. It allows new opportunities there. Speaker 1: Like if there's like... lot of our users you know consumers they're you know normal consumers that they'd be interested in buying this, is that possible? Could they buy these... Speaker 2: No, we don't sell these. We don't even manufacture. Speaker 1: Okay. Speaker 2: We're... we're a little different from everybody, so we design the products. We bring them you know get them ready to... to go. We work with the manufacturing partner to do that and then we then look to the... the countries and the organizations that have purchased the products in the past and say, okay, they've got to pull and say, yes, we wanna do that. We don't filled up big ware houses full of tablets and hope somebody buys them. Speaker 1: Right. Thank you, Ed. Thanks for bringing us by. That was the OLPC XO 3.0.