I was able to get my hands on the One Laptop Per Child $100 laptop at the O'Reilly ETech conference today. I took pictures, and they came out great -- take a look for yourself below the fold. The OLPC looks like a toy, with its hard plastic enclosure, soft plastic keyboard, bright colors, and handle. But it's a fully functional computer, designed for children in the emerging world.
According to the OLPC Web site:
Applications will include a web browser built on Xulrunner, the run-time environment used by the Firefox browser; a simple document viewer based upon Evince; the AbiWord wordprocessor, an RSS reader, an email client, chat client, VOIP client; a journal a wiki with WYSIWYG editing; a multimedia authoring and playback environment; a music composition toolkit, graphics toolkits, games, a shell, and a debugger.
Here's the pictures of the laptop, shown off by Brian Warshawsky, VP manufacturing for Potenco, a company that's developed a portable generator that uses muscle power to charge electronic devices. "One minute of your own muscle power will provide enough energy to keep your devices running for up to several hours," says the company Web site (with the added disclaimer: "Depends on the device in question." No kiddin'.) Potenco generators will be used to charge the OLPC laptop.