Wednesday, February 9

Nicholas Negroponte's sub-$100 laptop

Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and founder of MIT's Media Labs, says he is developing a laptop that will sell for less than $100 (£53). His goal is to make laptops more common than the mobile phone, and in an interview with the BBC, the author of Being Digital said he hoped it would become an education tool in developing countries.

A laptop for less than Php5,600! Whoa! That's like 1/10th the current price of low end laptops. But Negroponte claims it's possible to make a laptop that cheap by "skinnying it," having the parts developed elsewhere and then have it shipped as a kit to be assembled locally. It's also going to run on Linux. Now there's something to look forward to in 2006.

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