$100 laptop for poor children ships
November 19, 2006
The One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC) — the nonprofit group behind the device — reportedly tested the laptops, which were hand-built, at the U.S. State Department last week.
The laptops have been billed as a durable low-cost PC for children in developing countries. OLPC says it will begin production once it has orders for 5-10 million machines. Already the governments of Brazil, Argentina, Libya, Nigeria, Thailand, and Israel have expressed interest in the machines which have received support from Google, AMD, Brightstar, News Corporation, and Red Hat, but not Microsoft. Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft criticized the computer in March.
The $100 laptop. Photo courtesy of One Laptop per Child.
The laptop will be WiFi- and cell phone-enabled, and can be powered using a hand-crank. It is designed to be used in harsh environments.
The laptop was the brainchild of Nicholas Negroponte of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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