The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has now officially named the laptop “2B1: The Children’s Machine.” Last week it was announced that the laptop would be named “CM1″ but that choice didn’t last very long.
I think 2B1 is a much better choice because it is easy to remember. It actually reminds me of an abbreviation that you would see on a license plate or receive in an instant message. I wonder if it is supposed to mean “to be one” which could be interpreted as we are all meant “to be one.” That may not be the intentions of the new name but I like it.
If you haven’t heard any of the specs yet then you may be pleased to find out that this thing is a mad powerhouse and gamers will especially love it. Okay, not really, but it does have some impressive specs for the size and cost:
- 7.5-inch 1200×900 pixel TFT screen
- 400 Mhz AMD Geode processor
- 128MB of dynamic RAM and 512MB of SLC NAND flash memory
- 3-USB 2.0 ports
- SD card slot
- VOIP-enabled because of built-in mic
- No hard drive and only two internal cables
The manufacturer of the machine is going to be Quanta and is slated to go into production in the first half of 2007. So you want one of these? A site has been started where you can pledge to purchase a laptop at $300. They need 100,000 people to sign-up (remember, it is only a pledge so they only require your name) by October 31, 2006…but they currently have less than 3,200 pledges. That’s not looking like a good turn out. Hey, there is always eBay though and you know some of these things will pop up on there!
News Source: DailyTech