China’s Quanta begins production of 100 dollar laptop

November 14th, 2007 - 10:16 am ICT by admin  
According to a China Daily report, the first machines have started rolling off the production line, five years after the concept was first proposed.

The machine has no moving parts and can be easily maintained. It has a sunlight-readable display that allows children to use it outside and, importantly for areas with little access to electricity, it is ultra low power and can be charged by a variety of devices including solar panels.

One Laptop per Child (OLPC), the group behind the project, said that children in developing countries would begin receiving machines this month

Last month, OLPC received its first official order for 100,000 machines from the Government of Uruguay.

“Today represents an important milestone in the evolution of the One Laptop per Child project,” said Nicholas Negroponte, founder of OLPC.

The organisation had reached the critical stage despite “all the naysayers,” he said.

Since Professor Negroponte first put forward the idea of distributing low-cost laptop to children in developing countries in 2002, the plan has been both praised and mocked.

Although OLPC eventually plan to sell the machines for 100 dollars or less, the current price is 188 dollars.

Initially, the OLPC said that it required three million orders of the XO to make production viable.

Uruguay is the first country to order the machines

Governments were originally offered the machines in lots of 250,000.

So far, however, the organisation’s only confirmed order is from Uruguay. The South American country has ordered 100,000 of the machines with an option to purchase a further 300,000.

Other governments have expressed interest in the machines. (ANI)

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