But that, apparently, is what Indian technicians will be unveiling later this week, with the country’s top scientists managing to build a low-power (two Watts when charging, ideal for solar power), low-cost (£14 initially, dropping to £7 a unit once manufacturing costs come down) machine to get the nation’s poverty-stricken rural school population online.
Facebook will welcome the news, plus we could all soon be flying to Delhi to pick up a netbook once we’re back from New York with a TV…
There are two caveats to this announcement, though – the first that there’s yet another election taking place in India soon, so observers think this could be little more than a shallow vote-winning promise that almost certainly won’t come true.
Secondly, it’s a government-backed scheme – so the chances of you successfully flying over there and being allowed to buy 1000 to resell on eBay, or one to use as a third spare laptop to keep in the car, are rather remote.
(Via The Telegraph)