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April 1, 2007 / jadettman

Inexpensive laptops for everyone!

{Originally posted (with links) at: http://www.jadettman.com/deconstructinginfinity/?p=145}

Is there anyone out there that doesn’t know about the One Laptop Per Child project?

For those that don’t (and are too lazy to click the link provided), this is a project created by some folks at MIT to design inexpensive laptops and provide them to children in un/under-developed countries. I think that this is a fantastic project but one that shouldn’t be limited. There are plenty of people in developed countries that are missing out on seriously important cultural developments because they can’t afford to own a computer.

That, however, is not what I want to talk about today.

Recently, Quanta Computer, the company that is producing the laptops for the OLPC project announced that they could soon be making the same laptops available to people in developed nations. Awesome! Not only is this good for everyone that can’t afford the high-end computers that are currently available, but this also bodes well for the future of ebook readers.

I may not have mentioned this before (at least not on the internet) but I love the idea of ebook readers, especially if they use the fantastic eInk technology that is just now hitting the market.

Inexpensive consumer computing + eInk screen = fantastic ebook reader! I want this future now!

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