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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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

Think a minute.
- Will those companies do an intensive test of these devices in a harsh environment?
- Will the box be rugged enough? Will the screen be readable on a sunlight?
- Can a 10 years old kid repair this laptop?
- Will it have at least three USB ports for different usage?
- Can it use different methods of recharging a battery?

Those are the criteria those companies need to address. I have seen a $10 device made in India but it is not as versatile compared to the XO.

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