Wednesday, January 03, 2007

$100 Laptop

MIT lab started this project two years ago. $100 laptop is going to be a reality this year. Many people are impressed with quality and reliability of the laptop and the XO operating system it runs on. There is a new interface called "Sugar".


Initially this laptop is going to be sold for $150. The price will reach (the original estimated price) $100 once mass production starts. Many countries expressed interest in these laptops. India expressed interest initially, but backed out, I am not sure why.

This laptop has battery charging system that was operated by hand, yes, hand! Just like the emergency torch light you get in costco, there is a mechanical lever on the side, you just give it a whirl, your laptop is charged. This laptop is mainly targeted at developing countries, so it is not relying on any electrical power. It runs on slimmed down Linux, with 512MB flash memory. No hard disk. Some guys even tried audio/video conference with this laptop.

There are lot of sites where you can learn more about this project. Best place to start is Laptop.org. Another site of interest is the blog that follows the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.

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