£268 (almost $400) will buy two XO units, one of which will go to a school child in a developing nation.
“OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte revealed the plan to extend the scheme, run in America last November and December, in a speech to the World of Health IT Conference in Copenhagen,” says The Telegraph.
“The company will be hoping to sell more than the 190,000 units it sold then, because its deal with Amazon should make the units more visible to consumers who might already for shopping for similar ‘netbook’ style machines,” says the story, adding:
“Initially, OLPC aimed to create a sub-$100 laptop to encourage the education of children in the developing world, based on ideas first outlined by Chairman Nicholas Negroponte in 1995. Since then, however, the project has become mired in controversy and sold fewer machines than it initially anticpated. Rival companies and changing technology trends have also made the company’s core XO model less unique than it was when first mooted.”
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The Telegraph – One Laptop per Child makes UK debut, November 14, 2008
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