The Hundred Dollar Laptop-Computing for Developing Nations: "Nicholas P. Negroponte
Imagine a world where all school-age children own a laptop computer, even those living in villages lacking power and telephone service. Nicholas Negroponte has, and his One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) non-profit has propelled this vision into the real world. With backing from News Corporation and Google, among others, Negroponte has begun to line up millions of orders from Brazil, Thailand, Egypt, China and South Africa. Even the United Nations has bestowed its imprimatur on the concept. Negropontes prototype computer is a skinnied down version of what he describes as the typical obese laptop. Remove sales and marketing costs, and set the machine up with a 7.5 screen, Linux software, a hand crank for power, rugged rubber case, and super bright display so it can be taken into the sun and read like a book, and youve got a very inexpensive tool for helping 800 million children explore, interact and create. Dont fret about connectivity; the Media Labs got that covered: each laptop becomes a node in the mesh of other local users, creating a novel network perfect for remote locations. For email and web browsing, just two MB can serve 1,000 kids, says Negroponte. The key to churning out these cheap educational devices is volume -- and the more countries"