One of the more intriguing developments in the tech world has been the movement to get low cost, rugged laptops in the hands of children in the developing world. Nicholas Negroponte, the head of MIT’s Media Lab has been leading this program. It’s been dubbed the $100 laptop, but now that it’s ready to go on sale in November the price appears to be closer to $150. But here’s the deal:
If you buy one for yourself, you’ll also be buying one for a child. Starting November 12 you can pay $300 $400 and get one for yourself while paying for one to be given to a child. What’s more, this sweet little machine is a big step toward a green machine. Something folks over on the RTC List have talked about.
You can donate a laptop to a child now or wait until the 12th to ‘get one give one’ here.
Thanks to the HumLug Mailing List for a couple of these links (the computer runs on Linux).
Hi, good article.
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You’re right. For a tech guy, I can be really bad at math sometimes… mainly just not thinking…thanks for the correction.
It’s actually more like $200, not $150…
from the website: “Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time. For $399, you will be purchasing two XO laptopsâ€”one that will be sent to empower a child to learn in a developing nation, and one that will be sent to your child at home.”