[LINK] $100 laptop could sell to public
Tom.Worthington at tomw.net.au
Fri Jan 19 09:00:10 AEDT 2007
At 10:30 AM 1/16/2007, Stewart Fist wrote:
>I wonder how many metres of water-pipe that $100 would buy ...
About 21 m (not including delivery):
At 12:40 PM 1/16/2007, Adam Todd wrote:
>Bit o' pipe and a few pumps, some solar stations and presto. ...
Solar panels are not cheap
<http://astore.amazon.com/smart-apartment-20/?node=9>, nor are water
pumps <http://astore.amazon.com/smart-apartment-20/?node=13>. Also
they need some training to install and operate. One way to provide
that expertise would be via on-line education, but I am still not
sure a $100 laptop for each child is the way to do it.
At 06:03 PM 1/17/2007, Stewart Fist wrote (was: "Re: Link Digest, Vol
170, Issue 38"):
> > So you'd rather the government spent the money on weapons instead
> > of laptops? ...
It should be kept in mind that some of the OLPC PCs may be used for
warfare. They are semi-rugged and have daylight readable screens and
so are similar to hand held military terminals.
>The fact is that illiterate people can understand audio and video -
>but surfing the net is generally beyond their capabilities. ...
The Indian developed Simputer PDA
<http://www.simputer.org/simputer/history/> was designed for
illiterate people, with a touch screen and voice output. This is an
open source hardware and software project with some clever features.
My suggestion was to combine the design skills which went into the
Simputer with the marketing hype of the OLPC
way is to build a Simputer with a larger screen, bigger batteries, a
keyboard and wireless interface.
Indian company Encore, one of the makers of the Simputer, also offer
the Mobilis tablet computer
<http://linuxdevices.com/news/NS8377345968.html> and SATHI military
hand held terminal <http://www.ncoretech.com/sathi/index.html>.
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