$100 Laptop Unveils


The MIT's $100 laptop has finally been unveiled at the UN tech summit in Tunisia.

"The $100 laptop is inspiring in many respects", said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. "It is an impressive technical achievement, able to do almost everything that larger, more expensive computers can do. It holds the promise of major advances in economic and social development. But perhaps most important is the true meaning of 'one laptop per child'. This is not just a matter of giving a laptop to each child, as if bestowing on them some magical charm. The magic lies within - within each child, within each scientist-, scholar-, or just plain citizen-in-the-making. This initiative is meant to bring it forth into the light of day".

Odd color, but i kinda like it...


Very sweet...

...but apparently they haven't made a proper prototype yet (hence the computer-gen pic)

BTW I often feel the need to crank up my computer at work. Need one of those handles.

Must not have a battery

What other purpose could the crank on the side have than to work the generator? ;)

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Guess I should have read the article before posting; it looks like that's exactly what the handle *is* for:

The lime-green machines, which are about the size of a text book, will offer wireless connectivity via a mesh network of their own creation allowing peer-to-peer communication and operate in areas without a reliable electricity supply.

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WOW! That's a really good

WOW! That's a really good idea. Now if I could get a crank for my cell phone. (And no...I don't mean I want someone to call me and breathe heavily in my phone...)

Wish they had some more details on it...

They dont' say what operating system is on it or how big the hard drive is...

Still very impressive though.

GAck...nevermind..I didn't read far enough. It'll run on Linux. Although, you'd think that children in poor countries would want something more useful to them like clean water. Maybe I'm being too practical.

$100 movie player?

I'd like to see how well, or if, it can run movies off of an external drive. Could make for a great movie player on long flights or if you are in the middle of nowhere.

i want one!

... but you are right about the clean water.

an easy to maintain manual well pump kit can be sent to a village for about the same amount of money. CUSO had a program like that in the eighties. the benefit was that it could be fixed in the field with whatever was around. much better than sending in a machine driven pump that broke down in the middle of nowhere.

i like the mesh network though. no core routers for surveillance usage.

my proposal:


Sell them for not $100 but a pair for $200, only one is shipped to the buyer, the other goes to the project. *AND* the buyer gets a charitable donation tax receipt. Too bad Christmas is too close for the needed promotion.

(emailed to Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman, MIT Media Lab)

I feel this is ...

I feel this is quite brilliant. Yes, you can ship water pumps and whatever off to countries, and keep doing it.

Or you can also help the same people to educate themselves. Given the immense educational benefits of the Web, the lack of need for teachers and textbooks -- you get the picture -- you aid in bringing those same people up to a better educational standard and ability to support themselves and their own infrastructures. And from there it goes on.

Brilliant. Beyond brilliant.

What DianeV said

With globalization, education becomes even more important and helps people in the developing world compete and adapt rather than being exploited.

I think it would be cool to

I think it would be cool to be able to have one of those in every room in the house. It's such a pain when I have to move from the kitchen to my living room now, when I have a quick something to look up online. ;)

but let's not forget the water

..., because first you have to be alive to crank the generator.

you can live without a whole bunch of things, but water is not one of them.

ok..not to change the subject..

>an easy to maintain manual well pump kit

On PBS the other night, I saw a "play pump" which consisted of a merry go round which children could turn and play on. The turning action of the children's play, pumped water for the village. Good use for the endless energy of kids.

Aha..here's a link to the play pump in action,

The Specifications

"What is the $100 Laptop, really?
The proposed $100 machine will be a Linux-based, full-color, full-screen laptop that will use innovative power (including wind-up) and will be able to do most everything except store huge amounts of data. This rugged laptop will be WiFi-enabled and have USB ports galore. Its current specifications are: 500MHz, 1GB, 1 Megapixel."



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