The OLPC starts shipping

13 Nov07

OLPC.jpgI just saw Scott post about a project that I’ve followed with great interest, the OLPC. Originally dubbed the $100 laptop, the cost is currently about $200 per machine. I assume that the price will lower as the number of machines produced go up. To boost this process the people behind started a campaign where by giving one, you can also get one yourself. The basic idea is to offer low priced computers to developing countries. What I see as the single biggest thing coming out of this is Knowledge. The information available on the web is massive. These machines can really help giving under-developed places opportunities they’d never have and improve a lot of lives.

The OLPC website has very limited info, but for those interested, I recommend checking out the Google TechTalks video where the project was presented. It’s a little long, but this machine is totally cutting edge in all the ways it saves power and connects. Well worth checking out! Unfortunately, anyone outside the US/Canada cannot donate for now.

I also noticed something really cool, T-Mobile are giving away a full years hotspot access to anyone contributing! Really nice of them, even though it can be considered marketing. I spend maybe $50-$100 on random T-Mobile access per year, so it could actually reduce the price of giving in my case.

13 November 2007 at 5:51 pm

1 Responses to The OLPC starts shipping

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    Michael 14 November 2007 at 5:39 am #

    I was just about to forward this to the boss to see if we could get involved… but alas we’re Aussies and for some reason not included in the plan just yet.

    Any idea if the laptop has Flash?  Maybe we could donate in other ways.