One Education is an Australian who wants to revive the OLPC project, putting the pieces together and developing a laptop durable and convenient for students. Earlier this year, the team presented a notebook “modular” called Infinity which, although not yet finalized, it is already possible to reserve pending its availability. The first 1000 users who choose to pre-order it, will pay 249 to 299 dollars, enough for now only the consent without advances binding. The launch date is still vague, but certainly by 2016.
Infinity is not exactly a notebook in his classic concept “clamshell” but a hybrid 2-in-1 with detachable keyboard and screen can be used in tablet mode. But it is not like the other devices in circulation, since it is modular. One Education provides several elements, including a battery, a camera, a basic module for the processor, memory and storage. Do you want to replace the webcam because it is broken? Easily done, just buy a new module. You want a faster processor? No problem, you buy a module with a more powerful CPU.
Compared with other modular devices, Infinity is a step forward: you will not have to worry about the lack of modules in the future (and it could happen as the team of developers may melt or be as active as the first years), because the notebook has a USB Type-C, which will allow you to create your basic module inserting Raspberry Pi, Chrombit and some other solution to replace the motherboard. This lets you use the tablet and notebook hardware to date, although One Education will no longer provide new elements.
In recent months, the team worked on design and 3D prototypes give us an idea of how it will be finished Infinity; the appearance is clearly inspired by the family of OLPC, with a green and white plastic case, robust design and with carrying handle. Within the body, the developers decided to integrate a 8.9-inch capacitive touch display (2560 x 1600 pixels), a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 24GB of ROM, two cameras from 5:02 megapixel Lollipop and Android, although One Education confirms support for Windows and Linux. The notebook weighs 1.5 kg and measures 4 cm in thickness (not really ultraportable), but whether it will truly modular, low-cost and affordable for students, could be interesting after all.