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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sbergman27
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2005-07-24

Phloptical,

You are being crude. You are being shortsighted. And I am embarrassed for you.

I can tell you how I, as a child, learned 30 or 40 years ago: from books.

But I'm tasking you with the responsibility to get books to these children. Do you want to raise the money to send them in paper form, year after year? Or would it make more sense to make it possible for them to receive all the books that they will need for their ongoing education in electronic form? Your choice.

The devices do not require electrical outlets. The mesh networking means that the Internet connection can be shared by the members of the community in which the children live. No need for the family to pay for a broadband connection.

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