One Laptop Per Robot?

Posted 2 Apr 2007 at 21:27 UTC by steve Share This

Chris Jang writes, "The company that manufactures the OLPC plans on marketing the technology commercially. This is going to be great for portable field computers." Unless you've been stranded on a desert island the last few years, you probably know that the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) is a project to build a $100 laptop computer, called the XO, for educational use by children. The XO is based on the AMD Geode CPU, uses LinuxBIOS firmware and the GNU/Linux OS. When multiple laptops are used, they form a wireless mesh network. All this makes it very appealing to robot builders and other hardware experimenters. Despite lots of demand, the OLPC project doesn't plan to make XO laptops available in the US (apparently our teachers union and political administration or not fond of new ideas that might improve the educational system, so OLPC decided to help countries that actually wanted to be helped). US hardware hackers will likely welcome the news of a commercial unit similar to the XO even at $200. Hardware specifications of the OLPC XO Laptop are available on the OLPC wiki.

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