Linked by David Adams on Mon 26th Jul 2010 01:07 UTC, submitted by fran
Hardware, Embedded Systems Humane PC and its Humane Reader child are open source hardware projects with some seriously low-cost internal components. At volume the PC could retail for as low as $20, and that's with 2GB of microSD storage, USB / PS/2 plugs, and video out. The PC is primarily designed to output low-res, black and white text to a TV, making it a low cost reader for developing countries, and the Humane Reader project pre-loads the device with thousands of Wikipedia articles (much in the vein of the OpenMoko WikiReader).
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The coming old days...
by kcorey on Mon 26th Jul 2010 07:05 UTC
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I played around with the Atmel chips last year and was regularly astounded at the power/cost ratio.

Compared to the ZX81, these have gargantuan amounts of power.

Cool to see someone trying to take advantage of this and release devices for cheapcheap!

If they could put a version of BASIC on these things, we'd be all set!


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RE: The coming old days...
by bugjacobs on Wed 28th Jul 2010 15:32 UTC in reply to "The coming old days..."
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Id just want them to make a 6502/6510 C64-compatible device :-) To take advantage of the insane amounts of software and retro knowhow of that platform..

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Cell Phones?
by theTSF on Mon 26th Jul 2010 13:23 UTC
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Most "3rd world countries" While having problems with food, health care, etc... A lot of the poor still have Cell Phones... Why just make a way to put more educational material into the cell phones.

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They got the hardware...
by Almafeta on Tue 27th Jul 2010 03:19 UTC
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... so we should get the software.

Wikipedia's okay, but it still has major content gaps, especially if you don't speak English. Also, there's no equivalent that is anywhere near Wikipedia's completeness when it comes to actual textbooks, especially if you're talking elementary/middle/high school textbooks and not college textbooks.

(Geeze, we'll be introducing the wiki walk concept to people who might not even have internet infrastructure yet.)

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