Low-cost laptop to feature two touch screens

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The new OLPC machine features a pair of touch screens

The new OLPC machine features a pair of touch screens.

Next-gen OLPC laptop

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The laptop can be used in an e book configuration

The laptop can be used in an e-book configuration.

Next-gen OLPC laptop

You may have heard of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) association, which aims to put low-cost computers into the hands of children in the developing world. Well, the second-generation OLPC machine has just been unveiled, and frankly, it looks stunning.

Featuring a pair of touch-sensitive displays, the new laptop has the look and feel of an e-book. You don´t have to handle it vertically, though - the lower display can be set up as a keyboard, and the machine can even be used in a ‘chess board´ configuration (with one person sitting on either side).

Other improvements over the original OLPC machine include a smaller footprint, lower power consumption and - remarkably - an even lower price. The new laptop is due to be released in 2010 and its developers are aiming to sell it for just $75.

We have to wonder whether this is achievable - the plan was to ship the original OLPC X0-1laptop for $100, but it currently costs around $188 - but if it is, we imagine that the new machine will be of interest to all computer users, music makers included…