OLPC XO-3: An Impossible Fantasy Tablet I Want To Believe

The dual-touchscreen XO-2 was a fantastical concept. But it's nothing on OLPC's XO-3, a hot, messy wet dream of a tablet: All semi-flexible plastic, multitouch, backlit and reflective ereading modes, thinner than an iPhone and $US75.

In other words, it's everything people have been fantasising about in a tablet - durable, thin, multitouch, multiple screen modes for computing and reading - but for just 75 American bucks. And Nicholas Negroponte, large head of the OLPC, wants it by 2012.

Remember, this is the organisation that didn't just scrap the XO-2, but couldn't even tack a touchscreen onto the current XO-1 laptop, which isn't anywhere near a hundred bucks. (Hey, at least they gave up on the dual-touchscreen idea.) I think this sadly says everything about the likelihood of it happening, as much as I'd love to see and play with this thing: "We don't necessarily need to build it," Negroponte told Forbes. "We just need to threaten to build it."

Well, I can't wait to see the XO-4! [Fuse Project, Forbes]

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