The One Laptop Per Child Foundation, which was founded by MIT Professor Nicholas
Negroponte, is now selling the inexpensive laptops for
$200 each in lots of 10,000 or more. The intent is to have potential donor
organizations buy the laptops through the foundation's Web site here.
Production costs were cited as the reason for the price jump from the originally
stated $100 up to $150, then $188 and now $200. The laptops are scheduled to
go into production next month at a factory located in China. So far, the One
Laptop Per Child Foundation has orders from Uruguay, Peru and Mongolia.
The laptops are equipped with a video camera and a keyboard that can switch
languages. They can also connect to a wireless Internet signal and run Linux
software. The laptops only need 2 watts of power, as opposed to the 30 to 40
watts that a typical laptop requires.
In other news about low-cost laptops destined for developing nations, Microsoft
and Intel have signed a deal to sell
150,000 laptops to the Libyan Education Ministry. This is Intel's second-largest
sale of Classmate PCs since they were launched last year. These laptops also
reportedly cost $200 to build.
What do you think of Big Silicon's efforts to laptop the world? Are these wise
priorities or should the focus be more on the basics, like food and shelter?
Do you think this will accelerate economic and humanitarian globalization? Where
would you send 10,000 laptops? Let me know at [email protected].
Posted by Lafe Low on 10/31/2007 at 1:23 PM
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