Just spotted! A laptop device from the "One Laptop per Child" project, was seen today in the Arts Millennium Building foyer in NUI Galway, just outside the CELT offices.
The owner - an overseas student - gave us a quick demo of the impressive device. He had purchased the laptop for his son, as part of their "Give One Get One" donation scheme at http://amazon.com/xo, which ended on the 31st of December. The device was small and light, with the green rabbit ears facilitating connection to the wifi network available on the ground floor. Three USB ports were visible on the side, along with the speakers, web camera and an SD card slot accessible when the screen was swivelled around. The screen also was adjustable to a backlight-off display setting, to reduce LCD power consumption.
Find out more about this amazing project directly from the OLPC initiative's website directly. As they say themselves, their aim is :
"To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. "