Price Of The $100 Laptop Going In The Wrong Direction

from the isn't-technology-supposed-to-get-cheaper? dept

I'll admit it. I've never quite understood the rationale behind the $100 laptop (or OLPC or whatever it's being called these days). Yes, it's a noble goal to get technology into the hands of people around the world with the hope that they can do something productive with it -- but a big top down attempt to build something without much actual user feedback seems destined to fail. At the same time, we've noted that the market seems to be doing a pretty damn good job on its own of driving the price of computers down such that a special project may not make as much sense. So it's a bit amusing to now find out that while computer prices are dropping the price of the "$100 laptop" keeps rising. In fact, the price is now $200 per laptop, showing a rather rapid climb. The $100 laptop was never actually $100. Back in February, project backers said it would be $150. In April, they bumped the price up to $176. Just two weeks ago, they said it would be $188... and now it's $200. And we thought technology was supposed to drop in price over time. Perhaps if they'd acted more like a startup from the beginning things would be moving in the right direction.

Filed Under: $100 laptop, nicholas negroponte, olpc

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    Another Anonymous Coward, 30 Oct 2007 @ 12:14pm

    Food? This is for countries that doesn't have such

    These countries that they're trying to sell to don't have a damn famine! We're talking about countries like India and Brazil. The kind of countries that don't have civil wars and humanitarian crises every 10 years!

    This is for to help countries that don't have a humanitarian crises on its hand to take things to the next level.

    Even at 200 dollars, these computers will be more than enough to meet demands. It is not like they're running memory sucking programs that we're used to.

    Come on! It is not like most westerners need the sort of power beyond what is needed to email and make documents(Heck, we don't use close to the full capacity of the computing resource most of the time)

    These computers are designed to do more than just emails and make documents. These computers come equipped with development environment and such.

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