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OLPC cuts price of XO 1.75 laptop to $165, power by half - processors, One Laptop Per Child Project, laptops, hardware systems, desktop pcs, Components, CES 2011, CESOne Laptop Per Child (OLPC) showed off the next version of its famous laptops on Thursday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, saying the new price-per laptop has been reduced to US$165 each and power consumption has been slashed by half compared to the previous version. The XO-1.75 , with its 8.9-inch touchscreen, will start shipping in the second quarter of this year to countries around the world trying to bring schoolchildren into the computer age. OLPC was formed by professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop a low-cost laptop for kids in poor countries to help make sure nobody is left behind in the computer age.
In the same "fun, but impractical" vein as the AR.Drone quadricopter , the Sphero is a robotic ball remotely controlled by an app on the iPhone. Approximately the size of a baseball, the Sphero connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth and recharges via an induction-charging stand. Orbotix , the company behind Sphero, has written a number of iPhone apps and games to use with the ball, including Sphero golf and a KittyCam app that let's users share the Sphero experience with their feline friends -- and capture the whole thing with the iPhone's video camera: <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>