I translated an interesting thing about this last year - the design was done by a Milanese company - and I agree that it's not a remotely helpful way of tackling extreme poverty. But it's not aimed at extreme poverty, as noted above. its aimed at countries where education should be a priority, where if there is not yet reliable medical infrastructure etc there is at least a reasonably effective governmental & administrative infrastructure in place to work on such aspects.
they also did quite a lot of research into how these things would be used - noting, for instance, that many families used their prototypes for lighting, since it represented the only source of effective artificial light for a lot of them. I don't think they're quite as naive as is being suggested on here. Though I've no doubt that someone is making a lot of money out of the whole project.
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Haven't played around with it too much so far.
Physically, it looks really cool. Remember the Speak & Spell toys?
It's shaped like that. White and green, kind of like the old Apple colored laptops. It's not light, but the handle makes it really easy to carry.
A bit of a small screen, but I'm impressed by the colors on there. Like I said, small keys on the keyboard, but I like the rubbery feel of it. First mouse keypad that I haven't detested. The camera/video/audio function is pretty cool, and the screen can rotate around and be closed backwards to make it like a tablet for playing games--a game keypad is off to the side of the screen.
A lot of creativity programs--painting, music editor--and it has some math stuff that I can't figure out. You can tell it's designed with kids in mind, so I'm sure my girl is going to really enjoy playing with it in a few years.
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Kind of a parallel - Evil Denis O'Brien has set up a mobile phone network in Haiti and the response has been universal acclaim. Itís investment that has improved communication and reached the bottom level of society. OLPC is kind of in the same field. The pilot programmes will show whether it has the hoped for knock on effect improving education / communication.