Saying they hope to bring every child
in the world a computer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers
are set to unveil a laptop that will cost around $100, run on batteries
that can be recharged by turning a crank, and connect to the Internet
wirelessly by piggybacking on the connection of a nearby user.
The machine will make its debut today at the United Nations’ World Summit
on the Information Society, which is taking place this week in Tunis, Tunisia.
Nicholas Negroponte, director of MIT’s Media Lab, is expected to show off
a working prototype during a speech at the summit.
In January, Mr. Negroponte announced plans to create the low-cost laptop
and to work with developing nations, as well as with state governments
in this country, to have school systems purchase the machines and give
them to millions of students around the world. That would narrow the digital
divide, and could spark innovations in commercial laptops as well.
from the Journal
of Higher Education (free)
Dowbrigade Exclusive – our own Berkman
Blog Group fellow
Andy Carvin just happens to be in Tunis, Tunisia, and got a first hand
look at the recently unveiled prototype. In this case, a moving
picture is worth a thosand words, and so here is
Andy Carvin’s video
of the new C-Note Book computer