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Neonode to bring multi-touch tech to OLPC's XO Touch

updated 02:29 pm EDT, Thu July 26, 2012

OLPC partners with Neonode to bring mutlitouch tech to educational notebooks

As expected, One Laptop Per Child's next ultra-affordable notebook will sport a multi-touch display, but it will be called the XO Touch and not XO-1.75. The technology will come thanks to a newly started partnership with Neonode. It will get a 7.5-inch display, according to SlashGear.

The notebook will sport a convertible design, letting young children use it as a tablet. In either configuration, the screen will be legible in broad daylight. Despite the touch panel, screen resolution is said to be high, at around 300ppi. It is also said to be capable of attaining a fast, 1,000Hz refresh rate. It will also consume just 2W under load.

Sweden-based Neonode recently showed off its zForce Multi-Sensing technology that can reportedly tell a touch point's size, along with the pressure, depth, speed, and proximity to the sensing surface.

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While ship dates aren't yet confirmed, the XO Touch is expected to arrive before year's end. Prices are likely to fall in at $200.

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