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Negroponte Demos $100 Laptop

The model didn’t have a hand crank for power, but the production version might.

W. David Gardner

June 9, 2006

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The first working model of the $100 One Laptop Per Child made its debut this week at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston where lunch can cost $100.

Unveiled by Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, the machine didn’t have a hand crank for power, but it was noted that it would use less then two watts of power. A final version, however, could have a hand crank.

Negroponte was inducted into the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) Hall of Fame at the event.

Press reports indicated that the rugged laptop, with a bright new display, was well-received.

Negroponte is leading a program designed to bring inexpensive computing to children in undeveloped and developing nations around the world.

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