I just heard that Nicholas Negroponte of MIT Media Lab will be unveiling the $100 laptop they have been working on at the WSIS in Tunis in a couple of weeks! I’m quite excited to see the device and how it works.
I blogged about the MIT “One Laptop Per Child” Project, as well as the “Simputer” project back in April. Well apparently the MIT $100 laptop is ready to be debuted at the WSIS on November 18, according to Ethan Zuckerman of Harvard, as reported on his blog.
Zuckerman apparently got to play with a prototype of the laptop yesterday and asked Negroponte lots of pointed questions about the laptop and how it is envisioned to be used.
Negroponte hopes that developing countries will order millions of these for their students to use in school, as replacements for textbooks, which apparently cost around $20 a year. So over a five-year education cycle the laptop cost would be negligible.
The laptop will not be available to the general public, but provided for students similar to uniforms and textbooks. I imagine that once this start appearing in schools, that someone is going to be selling theirs on eBay for like $500.
I also got the following invitation from the Club of Rome to the launch of the laptop:
WorldSpace and the Club of Rome cordially invite you to a presentation by Professor Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman, MIT Media Lab and Founder of One Laptop per Child. Please join us on November 18, from 11:00am -12:00pm, at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Tunis, to hear Professor Negroponte discuss his $100 Laptop world-wide education initiative.
Hopefully I can be there to get some pictures and maybe even play with it!