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Funko
29-09-2005, 15:35:05
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4292854.stm

Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labs, has been outlining designs for a sub-$100 PC.

The laptop will be tough and foldable in different ways, with a hand crank for when there is no power supply.

Professor Negroponte came up with the idea for a cheap computer for all after visiting a Cambodian village.

His non-profit One Laptop Per Child group plans to have up to 15 million machines in production within a year.

A prototype of the machine should be ready in November at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunisia.

Children in Brazil, China, Egypt, Thailand, and South Africa will be among the first to get the under-$100 (57) computer, said Professor Negroponte at the Emerging Technologies conference at MIT.

The following year, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney plans to start buying them for all 500,000 middle and high school pupils in the state.

Professor Negroponte predicts there could be 100 million to 150 million shipped every year by 2007.

Sir Penguin
29-09-2005, 15:38:10
Kickass. I hope it works out.

SP

MDA
29-09-2005, 15:38:58
that would be very, very cool

King_Ghidra
29-09-2005, 15:39:22
yeah then i can wtfpwn some little cambodian kid in arathi basin

Funko
29-09-2005, 15:39:33
I would have put it in Technoglow but that's only for nerds like Nills.

Venom
29-09-2005, 15:40:05
So it's a Ti-85 calculator with a hand crank?

Nills Lagerbaak
29-09-2005, 15:44:44
Years ago I suggested they make lap-tops with hand cranks.

I imagine the screen is by far the most expensive component.

protein
29-09-2005, 15:50:54
You should sue the greedy bastards for nicking your idea.

Funko
29-09-2005, 15:51:11
Or you should have patented it then, lost out on a fortune!

Kitsuki
29-09-2005, 15:59:26
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
yeah then i can wtfpwn some little cambodian kid in arathi basin

Nah, it'll be the scaled down AV by then...

King_Ghidra
29-09-2005, 16:13:55
as long as i get to crush cambodian children i'm not fussed

and i'm sure freddy mercury would agree

Funko
29-09-2005, 16:15:05
As long as it's not a broken one.

Drekkus
29-09-2005, 21:37:43
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
yeah then i can wtfpwn some little cambodian kid in arathi basin :lol: