India baffles the tech world with its promise of the £7 wi-fi laptop – to be unveiled tomorrow


Come off it, India. Get real. Seven quid for a laptop? And not only that, but seven quid for a laptop with 2GB of RAM and wi-fi?

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

LAPTOP PRICE CRASH! OLPC spin-off Pixel Qi planning a $75 laptop

pixel-qi-olpc-rival.jpgThe One Laptop Per Child project which is giving much cheap happiness to deprived children and – more importantly – gave us rich lot the awesome Eee PC for Christmas, has a newer, cheaper rival on the horizon.

Start-up Pixel Qi has set out to trump the OLPC’s “$100 laptop” scheme by aiming to build screen components for a laptop that, once done, will cost $75 per unit to manufacture.

Behind PixelQi is Mary Lou Jepsen, who was chief technology officer of the One Laptop Per Child project. Her company’s web site

Intel exits One Laptop Per Child initiative, project director not bothered

olpc_laptop.jpgIntel yesterday announced that it had left the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, run by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte, because of a stipulation from the organisers that they support the project exclusively.

According to Intel, the OLPC board “asked Intel to end its support for non-OLPC platforms including the Classmate PC and other systems. They wanted us to focus our support exclusively on the OLPC system.”

Intel are convinced (as I am) that there will be many solutions to getting affordable, accessible technology into the hands of people in developing countries. Perhaps the OLPC thought that Intel was some tinpot organisation who didn’t have the resources to concentrate on more than one project at a time. For an open-source initiative, their stance seems a little peculiar.