Xo-3, the Tablet for Students

The announcement of its launch will be made this week by Nicholas Negroponte, founder and president of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) organization, at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Well, if you’re enthusiastic know that XO-3 is going to be distributed, for now, only to the educational sector.

Hand Cranked

The tablet at ComputerDo.com will have 8 to 10 hours of battery life, “although we may opt for lower battery capacity to reduce the purchase price,” said Ed McNierney, chief technology officer at OLPC.

An innovative feature is the possibility of using a crank to generate energy.This is one of the differentiated aspects since the XO-3 is also designed to be used in remote areas without electricity.

Also will be produced a model with a cover composed of small solar panels, which can be detached from the body of the tablet.

According to McNierney, the internal batteries can be charged “for anything that produces direct current”.

Configuration: until it does not disappoint

The XO-3 is not as thin as it appears in the first photos distributed by OLPC.In fact it has the thickness similar to most 10 inch tablet.

In the back the tablet is covered by a rubber cover (in fact, as every tablet should be built).

At the bottom are the USB, micro USB, headphone and microphone ports, plus the power input.

Two screen options

OLPC will also offer two types of screen, both with 8 inches: one LCD, 1024 x 768px, and another with a PixelQi screen, with less light reflection, allowing better outdoor viewing.

Software and Performance

There will be an Android version on the tablet but a Linux version can not be ruled out as an integral part of the OLPC Sugar operating system.

The problem with Android is the modest performance of the Marvell PXA618 Armada processor, with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.

Another interesting point is the philosophy behind the choice of applications.A portion of them should be developed by the open source community of countries that receive XO-3.

Even native only the browser, text editor and other essential applications.

Uruguayan example

In Uruguay the government of Tabaré Vazquez has distributed thousands of XO laptops to elementary students.

The final cost of “$ 100” actually stood at around $ 260.But there are included maintenance, training and internet connection.

So far, 362,000 students and 18,000 teachers have benefited.

It’s in Brazil?

One Laptop per Child already has the know-how in creating, manufacturing and distributing a cheap laptop aimed at education, the XO-1 model.

There is no doubt that the tablet developed by OLPC may be a good choice for countries wishing to invest in basic education.

It seems not to be the case of Brazil, which prefers to give tax incentives for large manufacturers to install their automakers around here.

The Brazilian government, represented by the Minister of Science and Technology Aloizio Mercadante, should understand that investment in technology and education necessarily involves the expansion of a cheap internet access network and the incentive to developers of programs and applications.

After all, some actions have been taken in conjunction with OLPC.As the Laboratory of Cognitive Studies of the Institute of Psychology of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul ( LEC/UFRGS ).

In partnership with state schools, the importance of electronic devices was confirmed, especially for the literacy of first level students.