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One Laptop Per Child

Company: Yves Béhar/fuseproject

Industry: Manufacturing

Yves Béhar created a durable, multifunctional, economical, and power-efficient computer to realize his dream of providing a laptop for every child in the world.

Conceptual design

Yves Béhar and his fuseproject team used 3D-visualization and modeling software to explore designs that reduced the overall number of parts by making them perform dual functions, such as an antenna that also serves as a latch.

Engineering

Béhar developed a distinctive, child-friendly design to encourage immediate, intuitive usage.

Manufacturing

Manufacturing of the XO laptop takes place in Kunshan, China, using injection mold machines and electrical discharge machine (EDM) texturing tools.

Marketing

Through a giant wave of publicity, One Laptop Per Child has had great success with the XO laptop and is currently working on a new touch-screen version.

Release

The XO laptops are being sold to governments around the world for distribution. In each country, education administrators are starting the process of providing one to each child.