I’ve just came across the “One Laptop Per Child” project while reading Paul Deegan’s blog. What an ambitious project it is too.
“The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the world’s children a priority, not a privilege.” Access to computers and the right education in their use is surely a pressing need for the children of developing nations, as technological progress is generally accepted as one of the primary drivers of economic growth. Without adequate computer literacy, African economies would seem destined to fall even farther behind their Western and Asian counterparts. Hopefully the OPLC project will help build the foundation to bridge the Digital Divide that has opened up as a result of lack of education and access to technology. On a personal note, as the XO(see above) laptop is solar powered, water proof, robust, and can cope with temperature extremes it would, almost, make a great expedition computer. And at $200 each it is a snip compared to the Tough Book that we’re currently considering, which comes in at around 3 grand.