One Laptop Per Child xo-3

Tablets for the soul

Everything’s to love about One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) – the not-for-profit initiative that aims to educate and empower the world’s poorest children by providing each with a low-cost, low-power laptop. Since it’s creation back in 2005, OLPC has given more than 2.5 million laptops to children and teachers across 42 countries (including almost 2 million in Latin America alone), and their newly-launched xo-3 tablet looks set to continue the good work. Designed by industrial designer Yves Behar’s Fuseproject – the same San Francisco-based design agency that designed OLPC’s earlier models – the durable, uber-portable xo-3 can be charged directly by solar panels, hand cranks and other alternative power sources.

In keeping with its xo predecessors, the xo-3 can also create a local area network with surrounding laptops in areas of no wider connectivity – just one benefit that, say those at OLPC, makes a very real difference to day-to-day lives. “With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.” We’ll drink to that.