$100 laptop project launches 2007

The first batch of computers built for the One Laptop Per Child project could reach users by July this year.

The scheme is hoping to put low-cost computers into the hands of people in developing countries.

Ultimately the project's backers hope the machines could sell for as little as $100 (£55).

The first countries to sign up to buying the machine include Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan and Thailand.

The so-called XO machine is being pioneered by Nicholas Negroponte, who launched the project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab in 2004.

Test machines are expected to reach children in February as the project builds towards a more formal launch.

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The OLPC's are cool, I've played with one today and it's very cute. The screen has a very high resolution, and there's a wide input area for drawing sketches.


#3 Posted by zarniwoop on 03 Jan 2007 - 15:36
Are we sure we want to be giving laptops to people in Libya and Pakistan??

Dude, I am Libyan, and I've been using computers since Commodore 64, Amiga, Macintosh.. Almost everyone here owns a laptop, from eMachines to Alienware, myself I have 3 of them

Dell XPS M1710
Sony VAIO SZ340P14
Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV660

We don't really want the 100$ laptops, it is just a governmental thing.

zarniwoop - I was thinking more of the NIGERIANS ... do we need more of them trying to scam more people out of money?!? Like, honestly, it's annoying seeing 4 or 5 of those emails / msgs a week I don't need to see no more!!!

The Teej said,
Damnit, why isn't the UK involved in this?

well even if it was it would be more than a hundred quid knowning this rip off country , besides thesew laptops are to help third world countries and since we in the uk arnt in the third world