The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is an educational project supported by Miami-based OLPC Association and Cambridge-based OLPC Foundation. Both are non-profit organisations that support creation and distribution of affordable educational laptop devices for use in the developing countries. The first shipment of these compact, low-cost and low-power durable laptops was made in 2007 under “XO” brand.
By now several millions of XO laptops have been distributed to schools across many countries.
OLPC has got a partner in Australia – One Education, a social enterprise headquartered in Sydney. One Education has stepped even further in development of XO laptops by making them modular. The new series of educational laptops is called XO-Infinity. The screen, battery, camera, wireless and core processing (which includes the CPU, memory, and storage) can be easily swapped like LEGO blocks. Now children can use a single laptop throughout their school years just upgrading any part of it once it becomes outdated.
According to One Education XO-Infinity modular laptop is simple enough even for a 4-year-old child to assemble. It should last for ten years rather than become obsolete in two. For children under 10 a simple ARM processor supporting Android may be used, while teenagers could insert a more powerful Linux or Windows supporting x86 module.
Rangan Srikhanta is the man behind the idea. He is the founder and CEO of OLPC Australia. He wants to ensure that every child has a free, modular computer to last them throughout primary school. His social enterprise has already raised over $20m from governments, schools and corporations.