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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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Oct 2007 @ 10:44am

    Your missing the point of the project

    The project isn't dedicated at building a cheap laptop. Yes, that is one facet of the project, but it goes far beyond just building the cheapest machine possible.

    The $100 laptop (OLPC) project has broken ground in many ways, including the OLPC enginered rugged LCD display that works well in direct sunlight and can be produced for a fraction of what a traditional LCD can be made, as well as the unique push towards open hardware standards, long battery life, and one of the only no frills, all function laptops available. And of course there's the software, far too much information about it to include in this short post.

    You should do you homework before you go all haterade on a project like this.

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