Ultra-Thin OLPC Tablet of the Future? Fat chance

By Charlie White
|  Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009  |  Updated 1:00 PM PDT
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Ultra-Thin OLPC Tablet of the Future? Fat chance

This is not the tablet of the future.

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Despite price hikes and setbacks, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project marches on, and now it's getting even more ambitious.

Get a load of this: Here's the third OLPC, the spectacular XO-3 tablet that's the new goal of the altruistic project. With a target of 2012, this super-thin plastic panel boasts wireless charging and an 8.5" x 11" touchscreen. The kicker? Its designer says it will cost $75.

2012? We're thinking more like 2015 for this tech. While this gorgeous tablet might be nothing but fantasy, we like the way designer Yves Behar aims high.

And who knows, maybe there will be a gigantic technological leaps in the next two years, enabling a waterproof tablet that's thinner than the iPhone, contains an "8GHz processor" (really?), and is so cheap that every child in the developing world can possess one.

Heck, while we're fantasizing, why not just claim it'll be able to cure malaria, too?

Via Engadget

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