A laptop for every child

At the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis, the UN's Secretary General, Kofi Annan unveiled a prototype of MIT Media Laboratory's $100 laptop.

93296-215822-thumbnail.jpgThe proposed $100 machine will be a Linux-based, full-color, full-screen laptop that will use innovative power (including wind-up) and will be able to do almost everything except store huge amounts of data. According to details made avialbale at the unveiling the rugged laptop will be WiFi-enabled and have USB ports galore, 500MHz, 1GB of storage and a 1 Megapixel display.

The initiative clearly has the possibility of revolutionising the education of the world's children. As people behind the initiative point out, "we dont think of community pencils—kids have their own. They are tools to think with, sufficiently inexpensive to be used for work and play, drawing, writing, and mathematics. A computer can be the same, but far more powerful."

Whilst a lot of kids still don't have access to pencils and the most basic equipment the idea of $100 laptop in every child's hand can't be a bad one.