Neonode announced today a licencing agreement with the One Laptop Per Child project, turning a new version of the OLPC XO 1.75 Marvell Armada 600 ARM Powered Laptop into a tablet. Keeping the exact same form factor, keeping the exact same readability, keeping the same screen bezel form factor but adding in there the cheap Neonode IR based touch-screen technology. One Laptop Per Child thus far have shipped over 2.5 million Pixel Qi Laptops to Children in about 50 mostly developing countries worldwide. OLPC is still the biggest deployment of Pixel Qi screens worldwide, until someone as Google, Amazon or Apple comes in and gets it mass manufactured for commercial Tablet use. To keep the best possible readability, the least possible reflections in sunlight, using Neonode's IR touch screen technology may be the best idea for the future of Tablets and Smartphones instead of capacitive.
Here's the press release:
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – July 26, 2012 – Neonode Inc., (NASDAQ:NEON), the MultiSensing touch technology company, announced today a licensing agreement with One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a non-profit organization that designs, manufactures, and distributes laptops to children worldwide, to embed Neonode’s MultiSensing™ touch technology into the next generation of OLPC’s XO-1.75 laptop, called the XO Touch. The innovative OLPC XO Touch 1.75 is a 7.5” combined laptop and tablet that has a Dual-Mode (sunlight-readable) TFT LCD display which rotates 180 degrees and folds flat over the keyboard for tablet/e-book or game mode.
Embedding the Neonode MultiSensing touch solution will allow OLPC to build a completely new type of rugged laptop-tablet that is extremely fast, cost efficient and energy saving, offering 100% visibility in bright sunlight. This is done without compromising the quality of the first-rate user experience, in full color, and with the highest resolution possible, i.e., 300 dpi. The Neonode MultiSensing technology consists of a state-of-the-art interactive touch user interface that includes gestures, multi-touch, and sweeps at an extraordinary scanning speed of 1000 Hz. Thanks to the energy efficient engineering, consuming just 2W, the XO Touch can be powered through alternative power generators like solar cells or even hand cranks. In addition, Neonode’s green engineering feature AlwaysON™, enables full gesture activated wake-up of the XO Touch when it is in sleep or off mode.
OLPC, created by faculty members from the MIT Media Lab, sells the laptops in large quantities to governments and private institutions around the world, that in turn issue them to children or schools on a basis of one laptop per child.
“We are honored to be collaborating with OLPC to produce the XO Touch, a truly pioneering and sustainable device that shows the broad versatility of our technology. This market entry confirms that our MultiSensing technology makes it possible to create a top class product that is both affordable and extremely energy saving and still has a user interface that is radical enough to satisfy the uncompromising demands of knowledge and entertainment thirsty children” says Thomas Eriksson, CEO Neonode. “Our company philosophy is to contribute to a better and happier world, and we have the opportunity to do so by supporting OLPC’s mission”
“OLPC is proud to partner with an organization that shares its appreciation for innovative and transformative technology. Neonode’s expertise in engineering and design will turn the XO Touch, which combines the best features of laptop and tablet, into a next-level innovative machine.” said Rodrigo Arboleda Halaby Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at OLPC
See how awesome Neonode's touch-screen technology looks outdoors in sunlight on a Pixel Qi tablet in this video I filmed in May 2011:
Here's my video filmed with Neonode last February:
- OLPC XO Touch 1.75 to use Neonode tech, take multi-touch on world tour (engadget.com)
- OLPC partners with Neonode for XO Touch (slashgear.com)
- Neonode to bring multi-touch tech to OLPC's XO Touch (electronista.com)
- Neonode Signs License Agreement with One Laptop Per Child (virtual-strategy.com)
I was looking for it at Computex, I couldn't find it being publicly demonstrated yet, but here it is on a 1-minute video. This new OMAP4470 ARM Powered Laptop from Toshiba looks nice! Now it's going to be even nicer when/if it gets confirmed that this new Toshiba ARM Powered Laptop can legally multi-boot with Android, Chrome OS and Ubuntu and preferably be sold well below $500 with or without the hopefully optional $85 Windows RT licence.
- Toshiba's Windows 8 RT laptop gets demoed by TI (video) (engadget.com)
- Toshiba Windows RT tablet shown in new video (neowin.net)
- Texas Instruments Goes Windows 8 RT on its OMAP 4470 SOC [Video] (netbooknews.com)
- Windows RT on Texas Instruments' OMAP 4 reference tablet (photos) (theverge.com)
- Windows RT Texas Instruments development platform tablet hands-on (slashgear.com)
- Toshiba shows off first Windows 8 prototypes: convertibles, sliders, and tablets (theverge.com)
- Texas Instruments shows off a Windows RT notebook prototype (liliputing.com)
- Snapdragon S4 laptops are in production for Windows RT, says Qualcomm's Rob Chandhok (theverge.com)
Just dock your Ubuntu on Android enabled phone to a dock and it outputs Ubuntu on your monitor/HDTV all powered by your ARM Powered phone. Is Canonical going to be able to convince all device makers to pay for it and to support it? Should Canonical try to make it an apk in the Google Play Store, based on the Android Native Code Development Kit for it to work on most current Android phones?
VIA shows it's 49 USD computer, it is powered by a Wondermedia WM8750 (ARM11 SoC) at 800MHz. It is distributed with Android and supports 720p playback, has 4 USB 2.0 port, one 100Mbps Ethernet port, one VGA out and one HDMI out port, and standard analog input/output audio. It is build in a Neo-ITX form factor that allows to be used on any case that support Micro-ATX, it is expected to be released at the end of June 2012.
- VIA to sell $49 Android PC that will handle 720p video (thetechblock.com)
- VIA launches "Android PC" mini ARM-based system (h-online.com)
- Via Announces $49 PC With Android OS (pcworld.com)
- Raspberry Pi not enough for you? How about a $49 Android PC? (betanews.com)
- VIA Is Still At It: They Launched A $49 ARM PC (phoronix.com)
- VIA unveils $50, Android-powered APC (electronista.com)
- VIA launches $49 Android PC (geek.com)
- VIA's $49 Android-Based Mini-PC is No Bigger Than a Banana (tomshardware.com)
- VIA announces $49 Android-based PC; coming in July (neowin.net)
- Another tiny computer: VIA's $49 APC offers Android, HDMI video out (arstechnica.com)
I’m being interviewed about how I started video-blogging and announcing a new feature for ARMdevices.net
Here's a 15 minute interview of me filmed by the Novacut guys using multiple high quality DSLR camera angles (you can watch it in 1080p!). I'm showing off some of the latest gadgets that I found in Shenzhen, I talk about why and how I video-blog from all the worlds consumer electronics trade shows since 2004, and I announce my next big feature on ARMdevices.net which is a $20/year Membership system to get access to buy all the best gadgets that I find at the trade shows all over the world, sourcing directly from the factories in Shenzhen and to get access to scans or pictures of the business cards of the people/distributors/suppliers that I video-interview (great for the buyers from around the world watching my videos and interested in having the best contact informations to the companies that I film). Look forward to the $20/year ARMdevices.net Membership system to be launched here in the days to come if I can find enough time to set it up while video-blogging here at Computex until June 10th.
This demo of Windows 8 RT on Qualcomm S4 seems to be very smooth. There are a few bugs here or there, but overall, it looks quite smooth to me. I think Windows 8 on ARM is going to be more popular than Windows 8 on x86, yet I think that Android will remain far more popular than all forms of Windows.
This new Windows 8 RT on ARM device is a bit like the Asus Transformer Prime but Asus does not want to call it a Transformer Book, it's running Windows on ARM only, no dual-boot with Android for now (my guess is maybe they change their mind by the release of this device in October or whenever Windows 8 is released). This is kind of a prototype, although the hardware is pretty much the same as the Asus Transformer Prime with Tegra3, this one has 2GB of RAM.
This huge 18.4" Asus capacitive tablet runs on an ARM Processor (yet unannounced) and when docked, it can switch to Windows 8 on Intel Windows 8 and switch back to ARM Android.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical talks about Ubuntu on ARM and Canonical at Linaro.
boredatwork.com published this interview with FXI Tech about the status of shipments for their awesome Exynos4 powered HDMI stick product.
Something to do with FXI adding USB host to the design causing some of the delay. Hopefully they start shipping in Scandinavia this month, and to all other pre-orders during the summer. I'd like to see this form factor mass manufactured and sold for around $69 retail and not $199. See the TI OMAP4 powered Always Innovating HDMI stick alternative where it's said the BOM cost for such a platform may be as low as $30.