Just when One Laptop Per Child is beginning to recover from Intel's defection, the low-cost educational laptop for children in emerging countries has yet another competitor.
BetaNews reports that the Pixel Qi project is working toward a "$75-or-so" laptop that will run Linux or Windows, and is considering other operating systems as well. It won't just be a "Dell on a diet," says project leader Mary Lou Jepsen, who left her job as CTO of One Laptop Per Child in the fall.
She distinguishes Pixel Qi from other low-cost laptops this way:
While there is a new set of low-cost laptops emerging, really they're Dells on a diet...nice machines, but they're not machines people will fall in love with, machines people will line up to buy. Our approach is to come up with a clean sheet of paper. That's where the exciting products are.
Spinning off from OLPC enables Pixel Qi to address a larger market and take on a wider range of new technologies, Jespen notes.