One Laptop Per Child had promised us a working prototype of a tablet during CES slated to begin on Jan 6 next year. The tablet is supposed to cater to the requirements of the general public and was hailed as the first device that would mark OLPC’s entry into the mainstream market. Unfortunately, the tablet is the latest to be hit by the delay bug. OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte announced they are adding 45 more days to the schedule to come up with the first working prototypes.
As for the reason for the delay, Negroponte stated it can be attributed to their inability to come across a layer that they feel is suitable enough to make up the touch screen surface of the tablet which might be Pixel Qi. What they are looking for is a surface that is flexible enough to withstand abuse. While the good old plastic might fit the bill and was indeed in the scheme of things initially, OLPC is also not ruling out glass for the job.
However flexible the surface might be, don’t expect it to be flexible enough to allow for rolling up the tablet. While that isn’t ruled out in the future, the device that comes out on February of 2011 will be one more conventional tablet.