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Special Interest => Open Source Tech Gulch => Topic started by: gaurdduck on July 02, 2009, 01:02:42 am

Title: $100 (lime green) laptop unveiled
Post by: gaurdduck on July 02, 2009, 01:02:42 am
I'm not sure if this is the right place for this, and seeing as how I don't see any other TED related stuff I'll assume for the moment that I'm the only TMMer that also is a TED member.

MIT Media Lab Director Nicholas Negroponte unveiled the first working prototype of his famed $100 laptop yesterday at the UN Net Summit in Tunisia. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called it an "expression of global solidarity," and the Linux-based, lime-green machine by all accounts stole the show. (Though it's not without detractors.) Other than the color — which was a surprise — it seems to match closely with the bold concept Negroponte's been pitching since the World Economic Forum in Davos last January: a simple, durable, cheap laptop, which can be placed in the hands of every child in the developing world. Electricity is supplied through a hand crank, and scarce Internet access can be shared through 'mesh networking'. Negroponte has created a new non-profit, One Laptop per Child, to manage the program, which plans to have millions of the laptops in production next year. [Full reports from the BBC and Wired News.]

So Have at it.
Title: Re: $100 (lime green) laptop unveiled
Post by: Bill St. Clair on July 02, 2009, 03:58:36 am
That's 3.5 years old. They ended up selling two machines for $400, shipping the buyer one, and giving the other one away in a poor country. My daughter has one, compliments of the company I work for. It works, but it's slow and funky.
Title: Re: $100 (lime green) laptop unveiled
Post by: gaurdduck on July 02, 2009, 01:32:09 pm
It was posted on TED as if it happened yesterday. Bummer, I thought I'd found something usefull.
If it is really that old, I don't mind if the thread is terminated.