One Laptop Per Child Reveals $75 Computer

One Laptop Per Child Reveals $75 Computer


One of my favorite creative enterprises is the One Laptop Per Child project which seeks to make computers so affordable that every child in developing nations will be able to own one.

The original goal was $100 laptops. The initial model went for $188. Now, they’ve developed a version that will cost only $75. It looks like a computerized book, utilizes touch-screen technology and will be available by 2010. Plus, the new version is lighter, more energy efficient and will run a version of Microsoft Windows.

From a technological standpoint, this is a pretty cool achievement. From a world education standpoint, it could be revolutionary. The genius of this idea is that these computers will help create opportunity where there is nearly none. While it is true that many developing countries still need the basic essentials (food, clean water, medicine), this project ensures future generations in those nations are integrated into the computer age and can participate in new economies both in their native countries and on a global scale.

  • kranky kritter

    This has seemed like a very worthwhile thing for some time to me too. Nice to see it actually getting off the ground.

    Although every time I see this story, the cheapskate in me thinks “that means if I pay more than $76 for computer, I’ must be getting screwed. :-)

  • Jimmy the Dhimmi

    Kids in the Congo can now order machetes online, and then plan the most effective raping and pillaging strategy with Google street-view.

  • Rich

    I don’t know for sure, but I doubt there are many wifi hotspots in the middle of the Congo, Jimmy.

  • Mark Mylod

    This exciting for all students throughout the world! Imagine the possibilities and convenience of the one-to one initiative where the sum of all knowledge is at ones fingertips.