by Joanna Stern on March 9, 2008
Small green laptops hanging from the ceiling and baking in ovens: This is the scene we walked into on a recent trip to the OLPC offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After years of planning, OLPC's XO laptop (previously known as the '$100 laptop' though now priced at $188) is finally on production lines and scheduled for distribution to schools in developing countries this year. Although we're very familiar with OLPC's laptop--the technology as well as the drama behind it--we still didn't expect much more than a kids' gadget. How wrong we were.