I’d heard of this initiative a few months ago. A non-profit group called One Laptop Per Child has been working on the technology to afford $100 laptops to children in 3rd world countries. They are selling for $176 right now, but the group aims to improve sales enough to lower it to $100.
Needless to say, I was impressed with their mission, but apparently Intel is not. They’ve recently unveiled a competitor called The Classmate.
The head of the laptop project is Professor Negroponte. He says Intel “should be ashamed of themselves for trying to push them out of the market.” Surprise, surprise. A major corporation, bullying competition out of the market.
Intel claims they are only trying to aid the cause- providing affordable technology, but their main competitor is AMS (the ones providing the processor for the OLPC).
Either way, the kids will get affordable computers, but it’s hard to ignore the “side effect”: pushing out the little guy.