Bring your OLPC XO laptops to Interaction08!

21 Dec 2007 - 12:29pm
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Jim Leftwich
2004

I just got my new OLPC XO laptop as part of their Buy 1 Get 1
program. I wanted to let my friends and colleagues know about this
great effort techno-charitable initiative (though I'm sure many, if
not most of you are already familiar with it).

Perhaps like me you've been following news stories about the One
Laptop Per Child initiative that was started by M.I.T. Media Lab's
founder, Nicholas Negroponte. The laptop they've produced was
designed by fuseproject in collaboration with Design Continuum.
Pentagram also did some of the design. The laptop's interface is
pretty cool, I think. I've been playing with. I just jumped in (I
never read anything before starting to play with something), and
though it takes a bit of poking around, there's so much awesome and
fun stuff on it! I think it's something that would really interest
the Industrial and Interaction Design folks out there.

Right now I'm jamming along with a cow, a rainstick, drum, cricket,
and digeridoo. These laptops can automatically create their own mesh
network, so I was hoping that if any of the rest of you that have one
and are coming to Interaction08, we can play together! I'm definitely
bringing mine!

The OLPC program has been conducting trials in the developing world,
and the results have been astounding. The laptop is designed to be
readable in full sunlight, and has been ruggedized to withstand the
typical use kids will dish out. It allows regular wireless internet
connectivity, along with the device-to-device mesh network
connectivity. It also has a still and video camera. It's really a
remarkable little device.

http://www.laptopgiving.org/en/index.php

One learning child. One connected child. One laptop at a time.

The mission of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) is to empower the
children of developing countries to learn by providing one
connected
laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our
goal, we
need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make
education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege.
Between
November 12 and November 26, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One
program in the United States and Canada. During this time, you can
donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing
nation,
and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition
of your
contribution.

More links on the OLPC Foundation's vision:

http://www.laptopgiving.org/en/vision.php
http://www.laptopgiving.org/en/explore.php
http://www.laptopgiving.org/en/learning-around-the-world.php

So if you're looking for an awesome way to do something to make a
difference this holiday season, I urge you to consider taking part in
this.

Happy Holidays and I'll look forward to seeing everyone at
Interaction08 in Savannah!

Jim

James Leftwich, IDSA
CXO - Chief Experience Officer
SeeqPod, Inc.
Emeryville, California
http://www.seeqpod.com

Orbit Interaction
Palo Alto, California
http://www.orbitnet.com

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21 Dec 2007 - 12:40pm
Bill DeRouchey
2010

Brilliant idea, Jim. That would be a perfect place to experiment with
them. I hope mine shows up in time!

On Dec 21, 2007 9:29 AM, James Leftwich, IDSA <jleft at orbitnet.com> wrote:
> I just got my new OLPC XO laptop as part of their Buy 1 Get 1 program.
> These laptops can automatically create their own mesh
> network, so I was hoping that if any of the rest of you that have one
> and are coming to Interaction08, we can play together! I'm definitely
> bringing mine!

21 Dec 2007 - 12:40pm
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

> I just got my new OLPC XO laptop as part of their Buy 1 Get 1
> program.

Craig Peters and I both have them as well now, but I am not currently
planning to be at Interaction08.

-r-

21 Dec 2007 - 1:02pm
.pauric
2006

Also, its possible to run Sugar in an emulator on a PC & Mac. I've
had is running on a mac... but it seemed to need to be networked with
other instances for many of the features to work.

http://www.olpcnews.com/software/operating_system/emulating_olpc_sugar.html

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21 Dec 2007 - 2:24pm
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

I'd love to try this myself, but it seems that the disk image download
is gone from the link you sent.. know of another source by any chance?

On Fri, 21 Dec 2007 10:02:30, pauric <radiorental at gmail.com> wrote:
> Also, its possible to run Sugar in an emulator on a PC & Mac. I've
> had is running on a mac... but it seemed to need to be networked with
> other instances for many of the features to work.
>
> http://www.olpcnews.com/software/operating_system/emulating_olpc_sugar.html

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21 Dec 2007 - 1:59pm
Craig Peters
2007

I'm not going to be there, either, but I love the reaction I get from
strangers when I've got the XO out in public. I think the 60 Minutes
piece from a few weeks ago made an impact.

On Dec 21, 2007, at 9:40 AM, Robert Hoekman, Jr. wrote:
>
> Craig Peters and I both have them as well now, but I am not currently
> planning to be at Interaction08.
>

21 Dec 2007 - 4:01pm
Dave Malouf
2005

Hey gang, this thread might be good to put on the social network site
for the conference @ http://interaction08.ixda.org/ ... would make a
nice blog entry, Jim.

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22 Dec 2007 - 3:41pm
mtumi
2004

mirror #2 seems to have a vmware virtual machine available:

http://geeksaresexy.blogspot.com/2006/11/how-to-get-one-laptop-per-
child-image.html

if it works I'll have one there

On Dec 21, 2007, at 1:59 PM, Craig Peters wrote:

> I'm not going to be there, either, but I love the reaction I get from
> strangers when I've got the XO out in public. I think the 60 Minutes
> piece from a few weeks ago made an impact.
>
> On Dec 21, 2007, at 9:40 AM, Robert Hoekman, Jr. wrote:
>>
>> Craig Peters and I both have them as well now, but I am not currently
>> planning to be at Interaction08.
>>
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