In a recent blog post, the company said that the hybrid XO Tablet will launch at Walmart on July 16 before coming to other retailers in the U.S., Europe and in North and South America at a later date.
OLPC’s mission is to get affordable tablets in the hands of young children in developing countries, but that program has been somewhat stunted by delays in the past.
Prototype models turned up at CES 2011 and 2012 but, on announcing the latest model at this year’s show, there was at least the promise that an OLPC tablet would at last reach retailers later on in 2013.
The XO Tablet is believed to have a 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, 8GB of memory, [...]
"We will literally take tablets and drop them out of helicopters," and return a year later to see if the effort was a success,” Negroponte said, according a report in PCMag.com which also noted he said that the new tablet design can withstand a 30-foot drop, and even be left out in the rain.
The new tablets will be preloaded with 100 books, and will be able to connect to the Internet wirelessly. Previous tablets have used a peer-to-peer mesh connection to help establish connectivity.
"Adults may be able to steal it, but they won't be able to use it … maybe an older brother will get a hold of it, use it for [...]