When we inquired about what was so appealing about the tablet form factor, McNierney's answer was simple: tablets have a lower cost and lower power requirements. That makes it easier to get the XO 3.0 in the hands of those in need around the world. To get the device to meet their goals, development took two years as the company played with multiple designs. Initially, the idea was to use plastic flexible displays (as evidenced by previous XO 3.0 renders), but degradation caused by the sun's UV rays and plastic's easily scratched surface forced the company to switch gears and use glass instead. Currently, the company hasn't decided which glass it'll use (Gorilla Glass 2, anyone?), but assured us that it'll be a robust material. The final hardware won't be finalized until the orders start rolling in, and the goal is for the XO 3.0 to hit a $100 price point, but mileage will vary depending upon configuration and the volume of orders. Want to know more? Check out the gallery below and our video interview with Tom and Ed after the break will be up shortly.
OLPC's XO 3.0 tablet hands-onSee all photos
Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.