Thursday, September 29, 2005

BBC NEWS | Technology | Sub-$100 laptop design unveiled

Last Updated: Thursday, 29 September 2005, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK
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Sub-$100 laptop design unveiled
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The laptop for the world's children should be durable and self-reliant
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.

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