Nicholas Negroponte’s OLPC project is taking up speed with selected manufacturer Quanta Computer now having started the test production of the low-cost laptop intended for students and children in developing countries. Initial test run outputs should be available next month. Quanta has earlier selected its new plant in Changshu, China to produce the computer and benefit from up to 20% lower labor costs at that site.
The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a non-profit organization set up to oversee the project and construction of the USD100 laptop. Both the project and the organization were announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2005.
OLPC is funded by a number of sponsor organizations including AMD, Brightstar Corporation, eBay, Google, Marvell, News Corporation, SES Global, Nortel Networks, and Red Hat. Each of these companies has donated two million dollars.
After India in September announced that it is going to develop his own low cost computer, the project got a boost with Libya placing an order for 1.2 million laptops.
Quanta Computer’s president Michael Wang has set a shipment goal of 10 million units for the USD100 notebook project over a period of 12 months starting from the first quarter of 2007.
A web site has been created where a pledge can be put down to purchase one of the laptops at USD 300. They are trying to get 100,000 people to sign-up by October 31, 2006 (so far unfortunately only about 3650 people signed up)
- Marc Navarro: Great looking series of laptop cases
Finally a series of laptop cases that stand out from the black bags you get everywhere else. Spanish designer Marc Navarro has created a new line of stylish laptop cases that will become available in December through VAXbarcelona. More information can be found on the ReadyforDesign web site. Update:The VAX Gueell design has been created [...]