And now, an Intel $400 Laptop for Education

Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini unveiled a prototype of a low-cost laptop designed
for use in education at an event in Brazil, according to a report in a Brazilian technology publication.

Called Edu-Wise, it will cost $400 and be available starting in 2007. The laptop has more features than the $100 laptop from the One Laptop Per Child project at MIT.

At 4 times the cost, I wonder if it could serve the same audiences and needs. Not too much info on the features as of yet.

Prior to this, there was quite a buzz about the One Laptop per Child offering. OLPC is a non-profit association dedicated
to research to develop a $100 laptop. It is thought to be a technology that could
revolutionize how we educate the world's children by providing them with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves.. This initiative was
first announced by Nicholas Negroponte at the World Economic Forum at
Davos, Switzerland in January 2005.

The proposed $100 machine will be:

  • Linux-based
  • dual-mode
    display—both a full-color, transmissive DVD mode, and a second display
    option that is black and white reflective and sunlight-readable at 3×
    the resolution.
  • 500MHz processor and 128MB of
    DRAM, with 500MB of Flash memory
  • no hard disk
  • four USB ports
  • wireless broadband
    that, among other things, allows them to work as a mesh network; each
    laptop will be able to talk to its nearest neighbors, creating an ad
    hoc, local area network
  • innovative power
    supplies, including wind-up power


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