I think that lots of people will have heard about the project to supply simple laptops to third world children. Its an aim I am fully in favour of, and I thought some members might like to have a look at this
I agree with you WTM, I have only one concern and that is the power supply. In some of the poorer countries electricity is a luxury, I was wondering if this has been taken in to account? Will there be an external power supply like the wind up dynamo for instance?
that ebay would bar the sale of them. We will have to wait and see on that one, but I agree with laurie53 about the famine relief, having seen it with my own eyes.
paul trotter-Maybe you should try borrowing a few of them, as I understand one of the features of them is the ability to develop 'ad hoc' networks with similar machines. Also, perhaps try one out on a complete computer novice, bearing in mind they are meant for third world children. (that isnt a slight on the childrens intelligence, merely a possible lack of IT skills)
The whole idea is not to make a machine that would be attractive to ordinary buyers, but one that will sell to nations, for use by schoolchildren. The machine has been deliberately developed so as to be affordable for developing countries and useable by any child - simplicity and accessibility have been the keywords.
Libya has already committed to buying 1.2 million of these machines - one for every school-age child in the country, and Peru and Rwanda have also announced their participation in the scheme.
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