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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  1. identicon
    Charlie Potatoes, 30 Oct 2007 @ 12:29pm

    Re: Not To Mention...

    Our first commenter said 'the countries' don't want them'.. wow... nice going.. to interpret the mood of a nation.. tell me...do you begin by asking the guys in the marble palaces if they want it or do you start on the end of the country with mud huts and lean-to shanties? how the hell, exactly, do you know what the country wants or does want? In Texas there used to be an oil-well company that advertised with the motto, "Don't have an oil well? get one!" same principle here. I suspect the people who want or need this product do not make it into your survey when you opt to speak for the country, bubba.

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