Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Sep 2007 19:57 UTC, submitted by Bobthearch
Hardware, Embedded Systems The vaunted 'USD 100 laptop' that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers dreamed up for international schoolchildren is becoming a slightly more distant concept. The USD 100 laptop has many innovative features including a pull cord for recharging by hand. Leaders of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child that was spun out of MIT acknowledged Friday that the devices are now slated to cost USD 188 when mass production begins this fall. The last price the nonprofit announced was USD 176; it described USD 100 as a long-term goal.
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OLPC always seemed like a scam to me
by Square on Mon 17th Sep 2007 02:49 UTC
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OLPC always seemed like a scam to me. Not because the world doesn't need cheap school computers (It does even in 1st world countries) but because they were constantly claiming that 100$ price tag. Even the name its self gives me that "think of the children!".

It gives me the impression that they are trying to get world leaders to sign up then jack up the price to what it actually costs hoping that they wont break the agreement do to bad PR "Look he canceled the laptops for children, he is evil! think of the children!"

If you could make and sell a laptop for 100$ (esp with the things OLPC claims are going to be on it webcam etc.) Some company in china would already be making them and selling them for less then 100

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