With the exception of some rather far out claims - in Nigeria, comparing OLPC's work to that of the church, here announcing that the introduction of laptops into the classroom has eliminated truancy in Maine - little new information had been released about the laptop and even less about how it will reach it's market. That was until yesterday at the "AMD Global Vision Conference" in Pasedena, California.
Here, Negroponte unleashed a CG mock-up of what looks like a pull string generator. Dan Farber over at ZDNet grabbed a photo of the presentation slide. Unfortuately, either Negroponte had little technical information available, or Dan didn't pick it up as there is no information given as to what sort of power the tool might produce. Another notable announcement is confirmation that western consumers will be able to buy a 2B1 laptop.
The surprise is that One Laptop Per Child will offer them for sale on eBay. Unless there are as yet un-announced security features on board - which is entirely plausible - this does little to assuage current fears that laptops may not reach their target audience - poor children in developing countries.
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