All That Work Towards The $100 Computer And The Market Beats Them To The Punch
from the whoops dept
The story we’ve been hearing for ages about the $100 computer is back in the news again today with the story that Rupert Murdoch is tossing some pocket change at the project which still has had some trouble getting off the ground. Murdoch talks about how excited he is about the project, noting that researchers have already got the price of the machine down to $125. That’s good to see, but it looks like Moore’s law and basic market competition are racing them to the bottom, as Circuit City yesterday announced that it’s going to sell a Compaq laptop for just $99 this holiday season. Admittedly, it requires a year’s subscription to Vonage — but it does show just how cheap traditional computers are becoming anyway, without necessarily resorting to coming up with a special computer just for the poor children of the world. That isn’t to slight the project, which tries to add other features, such as a crank to deal with the lack of electricity in some places, but to note that there are other factors out there playing into this, and instead of dumping millions into research, it could pay off to just wait a little while longer for the component prices to drop.