Here's an idea I give to Mr. Blackberry, totally for free, so he can take over the world. I've been futzing around with this OLPC, which is now a friggin' disaster. Those poor schnooks got all the big players riled up: Micro-soup, Unintel, and a whole bunch of others. Then Asus came in and tried to steal everything with the eeepc!
Forget all those losers, Mr. B-berry! Here's what you do to win. What's the worst aspect of those laptops? The keyboard! You need a big ugly thing that elephants can sit on and break. Forget the keyboard.
Make up a super-cheap, slightly larger blackberry. Make it waterproof. Only have wi-fi in it, with gps, no phone. Get that neato Pixel screen that works in bright sun. Make it very high-res. Now, shoot for the moon! Use open source, not that blackberry shit! Use Sugar! But you need a way to load it, without those horrible, horrible USB sticks!
I can see classes grouped in tables, with a teacher walking around setting up lessons with his blackberry. Oh, we need a new name for the OBPC, which doesn't look too yuppie.
This will work people! Young hands can type just as fast with a b-berry. Classes can be taught without everybody looking at facebook! Even in North America!