Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A cheap laptop for each child: $100 only.

Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labs founded OLPC: One Laptop Per Child.

It's vision: to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves.

Its mission to:
tap into the children's innate capacities to learn, share, and create on their own. Our answer to that challenge is the XO laptop, a children's machine designed for “learning learning.”
Source: Laptop. Org

Of date, as many as 11 organisations have signed up to participate in this worldwide international project. Among which are AMD, Google and Red-Hat to provide the green XO Laptop. Intel has just recently joined the group amidst previous allegations that it was producing their own cheaper version of the laptop, the Classmate and undersell it below cost in an attempt to undermine the entire OLPC operations.

Among the features of the the XO Laptop includes:
  • Processor: AMD 433 MHz
  • Memory: 256MB SDRAM
  • Storage: 1GB Flash
  • using a free bespoke Linux open source software which allows users to access and alter the code designed by Red Hat.
  • low power dual-mode display between colour and B&W screens to reduce power consumption.
  • dual wi-fi antennas.
  • sealed green rubber keyboard.
  • 640x480 video camera.
  • 3 USB ports.
  • SD Memory Card slots
I reckon that I would get this laptop if not but just for the experience of having a cheap, functional & hardy laptop with all the basic necessities that I could wreck havoc on without worrying about spoiling it. It's definitely something you would give your child to use without worrying about them accidentally formatting or deleting your important data in the computer!

Related links:
Laptop: Laptop.Org

BBC: Factfile XO Laptop

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