Here's a report from Tunia on the laptop ...

-------- Andy Carvin, EDC Center for Media & Community --------

Hi everyone,

This morning I got to spend some time playing around with the first  
prototype of Nicholas Negroponte's $100 laptop initiative. Negroponte  
unveiled it last night with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

I've tossed together an eight-minute video previewing the laptop,  
including an interview with the chief technology officer of the  
project. She talks about some of the engineering challenges they  
face, including lowering the cost of the display and developing a  
hand-crank powerful enough to recharge its batteries. She also  
dispelled the rumor that the laptop will have a solar panel, as had  
been previously reported.

To see the video, please visit here:


Andy Carvin
Program Director
EDC Center for Media & Community
acarvin @ edc . org