I have previously blogged about MIT’s $100 Laptop project for the developing world. Yesterday, the United Nations announced that it has joined in support of the “One Laptop Per Child” initiative. This will hopefully give the project much more of the attention and support it deserves.
Kemal Dervis, head administrator of the UN Development Program, will sign a memorandum of understanding Saturday with Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of One Laptop per Child, on the $US100 laptop project, at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.
I just want one because it’s green and reminds me of my old Apple Newton “eMate.” That was a great little machine. Ran forever on one charge, worked in low-light and sunlit conditions with its grey-scale display, pre-“graffiti” character recognition, toteable and cute-as-hell. It was designed for kids to bring to school with them, but was quickly adopted by geeks for its great form-factor and solid Newton OS.