Newsweek’s Steven Levy does a quick video preview of the OLPC laptop, writing that “The $100 (well, $200) laptop is ready to change the world, if people will buy it for the kids who need it.”
From the OLPC foundation website – the people responsible for the machine – their mission is to “ensure that all school-aged children in the developing world are able to engage effectively with their own personal laptop, networked to the world, so that they, their families and their communities can openly learn and learn about learning.”
To make this a reality the foundation has designed and manufactured a laptop that they hope will eventually cost about US$100 to produce.
If you buy one of the OLPC machines for US$399, another will be given free to a child in the developing world. More details here.