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OLPC Launches Buy One/Donate One Initiative!
Posted By Emily Pilloton On November 9, 2007 @ 2:31 pm In green gadgets,Interactive Objects,social responsibility | 51 Comments
One of our favorite humanitarian product designs, the $100 Laptop (One Laptop Per Child)  is going BOGO! The “Buy one give one” program  starts Monday November 12th and runs for 2 weeks only- just $399 buys one adorable laptop for your little tyke and one for a child in a developing nation. The ingeniously designed gadget is a great example of design with a conscience that combines social priorities with great, sexy, sustainable design. We’ve written about the $100 laptop before , and love that it’s becoming widely available to kids across the globe.
After multiple rounds of prototyping, the designers at One Laptop Per Child  and Fuseproject  produced a compact, highly-functional, and engaging product boasting a slew of streamlined features, from its Wi-Fi antenna “rabbit ears” and energy-efficient LCD to the digital writing tablet and integrated video camera. Networking capabilities allow children to connect to each other, their school, their teacher, and the Web. And if that weren’t enough, the machine runs off of power from a variety of sources- from rechargeable batteries to hand cranks and even solar power. When closed, the laptop features an integrated handle and is completely protected from dust and dirt, allowing each student to transport their laptop to and from school. Aesthetically, the XO is simple yet kid-friendly, engaging, tactile, and even anthropomorphic.
So if you want to donate an XO laptop to a needy child someone in the world, and you want to get your paws on this beautifully-designed product for your own child as well (and we know you do), you need to act fast!
THE BUY ONE, DONATE ONE INITIATIVE IS A LIMITED-TIME SPECIAL FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY!
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 $100 Laptop (One Laptop Per Child): http://www.laptop.org/
 “Buy one give one” program: http://www.laptopgiving.org/
 We’ve written about the $100 laptop before: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/12/20/fuseprojects-award-winning-xo-laptop/
 Fuseproject: http://www.fuseproject.com/
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