OLPC presentation for IMSA Welcome Night

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OLPC presentation for IMSA Welcome Night

  1. 1. One Laptop Per Child Presentation for IMSA Welcome Night http://imsa.sfsu.edu/ Sameer Verma, Ph.D. [email_address] Faculty Advisor, IMSA
  2. 2. Outline Introduction Education Laptop FOSS
  3. 3. Disclaimer <ul><li>I do not work for OLPC! </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiast/developer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interests: Translations, UI and networking </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Disruptive <ul><li>OLPC: Excellent example of disruptive technology innovation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>education (the student-driven learning) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hardware (why your laptop sucks) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>software (power of FOSS at work) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Somebody is finally thinking of the children!
  6. 6. Education <ul><li>Its an education project, not a laptop project. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nicholas Negroponte, Founder - OLPC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OLPC's Goal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Information Super Highway From http://www.caida.org/tools/visualization/mapnet/
  8. 8. How do you get on it from here? <ul><li>Cheap </li></ul><ul><li>Mass produced </li></ul><ul><li>Access to information </li></ul>Hint: Continent of Africa
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>A different generation... </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. School Galadima, Abuja City, Nigeria See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Galadima
  11. 11. Samkha village located in the suburbs of northern Thailand See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_Thailand/Ban_Samkha
  12. 12. Khairat school is India's pilot site. See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_India
  13. 13. <ul><ul><li>Sugar: a different interface </li></ul></ul>
  14. 16. Sugar <ul><li>Focus on activities, not applications </li></ul><ul><li>Metaphors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Borders + center wheel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wheel is also a metaphor for available resources </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Run your own Sugar environment! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Download ISO image at http://wiki.laptop.org/go/LiveCD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Burn to CD. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boot computer with CD. No installation required! </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. Activities <ul><li>Write </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A simple word processor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>XMPP based. Same as Google Talk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Browse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Firefox-based + flash + AJAX </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Record </li></ul><ul><ul><li>stills and video </li></ul></ul>More activities... http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Activities
  16. 18. the XO laptop
  17. 19. Laptop <ul><li>7.5 inch diagonal screen at 1200x900 (200 dpi) </li></ul><ul><li>800x600 in grayscale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunlight readable! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wi-fi, USB(x3), mic, speakers, camera, SD </li></ul><ul><li>Screen rotates to tablet mode </li></ul><ul><li>Water resistant keyboard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>walk in the rain with it! </li></ul></ul>
  18. 20. More laptop <ul><li>Laptop, turned on its head </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All electronics are in the upper section, except the keyboard. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to replace either component </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Carry handle also acts as base stabilizer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wi-fi rabbit ears double up as latches and increase range </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any 5 to 15 volt power supply will do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>plugin charger, car battery, crank/yoyo power, solar panel </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 21. Charge!
  20. 22. Green <ul><li>Looks green, works green </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully recyclable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 year life span </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Idle power consumption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Desktop – 80 watts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Laptop – 20 watts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>OLPC – 1 watt </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 23. Power <ul><li>Batteries that last 4x longer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO 4 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently at ~ 5hrs, final goal ~10 hrs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>0.1 watt in grayscale (sunlight readable) mode </li></ul>
  22. 24. Mesh Networking <ul><li>Mesh does not require central hub-like infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless mesh works even when board powers off </li></ul>
  23. 25. Look Ma! No moving parts! <ul><li>No fans, no hard drive, nothing spins. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1GB Flash + 256 MB RAM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USB storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SD slot </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AMD Geode processor runs cool. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not need a fan to cool it off! </li></ul></ul>
  24. 26. Linux in the box
  25. 27. Free and Open Source <ul><li>FOSS was the only option that was flexible enough for this project </li></ul><ul><li>No vendor lock-in on formats </li></ul><ul><li>No royalties on redistribution </li></ul><ul><li>No discrimination based on fields of endeavor </li></ul>
  26. 28. How can you help? <ul><li>Educators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Educators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Translators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(IMSA workshop?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Localization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Developer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Getting involved </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Getting_involved_in_OLPC </li></ul></ul>
  27. 29. http://xogiving.org/ How do I get one? US $ 399

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