May 2008 Archives
Ditching the toy-like appearance of the current version, OLPC gave everyone a preview of what is to be called the XOXO or simply XO2. Founder Nick Negroponte unveiled this thing of beauty during the Global Country workshop of OLPC and told drooling hopefuls that they’d have to wait for 2010 for it become available.
This concept design takes the touch screen interface to the next level and makes the stuff of science-fiction movies a reality (at least if things go according to plan). Based on the design, you can fold open this notebook all the way and the display becomes one continuous whole page interface. Their aiming for a $75 cost and a one-watt power consumption.
This is pretty ambitious considering how the first OLPC unit failed to meet expectations, and the stakes are even higher on this one with the implementation of a completely new design. But hey, it’s still pretty early on in the game so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. For now, satisfy your craving on these set of images.
Codenamed Kickstart, RIM plans to introduce this new Blackberry (hopefully) within the year. Thanks to Boy Genius Reports for the spy shots of what could be the first clamshell to come from the company.
However, aside from this design choice, no other details were given so we’re still pretty much left in limbo as to what the specs will be and when it will become available. The good thing is, with news that the Blackberry 9000 packing 3G capabilities, then I guess it’s safe to assume that this new flip-phone will be 3G compatible as well, unless of course it’s a lower model which I highly doubt.
Oh well, I guess we’ll have to play the waiting game once again before we get the real low-down on this one, but I’m glad that RIM has decided to offer a clamshell once and for all. This just goes to show how they're adapting to the changing times albeit being a few years behind the competition; but as they say, better late than never.