One Laptop Per Child is a project that has been in the making for 40 years. The concept involves a sophisticated, economical, durable laptop that can be placed in the hands of every child on earth.
The current laptop prototype:
- costs $100
- 366 Mhz processor
- built-in video camera/mic/speaker
- 1 megapixel swivel screen
- flash hard drive (no moving parts)
- game controllers
- wireless networking
- LED lights for the keyboard
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- various language keyboard layouts
- when shut, it's impervious to rain and dust
My feelings are mixed. Of course I think the technology and partnerships involved are stellar. The possibility of creating video, music, art and limitless access to literature and news is awesome. Computers are wonderful tools - I spend a good portion of my day in front of one. What concerns me is the innate learning that happens when we touch, write, taste, and work. It's the same question as to whether we should give children calculators to learn math. Could we turning the rest of the world into N.America's generation Y?
Got this from the Québecois eMagazine Le Studio 1.