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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Lessons from AfriCar
by Rcoles on Mon 17th Sep 2007 13:15 UTC
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Although I fully support the efforts of the OLPC project and find all their ideas appear to make sense. I can't help being reminded of the AfiCar ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africar) - this was a project to design a Car for Africa, today you are far more likely to find the ubiquitous Toyota Hi-Lux than this "designed for purpose" automobile.
Maybe similarly the solution in this case will come from a trickle down of 1st world equipment. However I'm sure that ad-hoc peer to peer networking and ruggedization are features that have some 1st world applications too.

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