$100 laptop hit with production delays
October 24, 2007
The One Laptop per Child Foundation (OLPC) said that the manufacturing delays will impact the "Give 1 Get 1 program" which would have allowed North Americans purchase two OLPC XO laptops for $399 -- one of which would be donated to a child in a developing country.
The announcement comes after OLPC said the cost of the first generation of XO laptops would be around $188 -- not the $100 initially projected.
In July OLPC announced its "$100 laptop" was ready to go into mass production after it received orders for 3 million machines, the requisite number to make the project viable. A production run of 300 machines was completed in August.
Some American computer manufacturers have expressed concern that OLPC laptops could end up in U.S. schools, creating fierce competition in the domestic PC market. At the same time falling prices for PCs are becoming increasingly competitive at the price point for the first generation of OLPC machines.
The laptop has faced other criticism, notably from some development experts who say that developing countries should not be asked to foot the bill for what is an unproven technology. Nevertheless the OLPC computer has won acclaim from the U.N. and the U.S. state department. The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Libya, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda, Thailand and Uruguay are testing or have placed orders for the laptops.