On Feb 2, 2009, at 2:55 PM, Bryan Thompson wrote:

How about $10 and $20 computer for us? Although, I'm not sure what these devices can do, if anything.

... here's a bit of followup from the show where it was "exhibited." the $50 - $100 is within striking range (several folks have put together modern day equivalents of Apple II's etc ... and if you think of life before microsoft, it's easy to imagine what these things will look like ...:)


$10-laptop proves to be a damp squib
4 Feb 2009, 0118 hrs IST, TNN
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Hyderabad/10-laptop_proves_to_be_a_damp_squib/articleshow/4072417.cms

TIRUPATI: The much-touted laptop for the masses said to have been built by students of Vellore Institute of Technology that would cost a mere Rs500 actually turned out to be only a computing device. 

Making this clear at the inauguration of the national Mission on Education Programme organized by the Union HRD Ministry here on Tuesday, joint secretary N K Sinha said the computing device is 10 inches long and 5 inches wide and has been priced at around $30 at the event. However, he refused to comment as to why was it being projected as a laptop when it was not. 

The so-called laptop actually turned out to be a storage device containing megabytes of data info which can be accessed by a user by connecting this device to a laptop. It meant that unlike the internet, this device can display that information that has already been stored. 

Some delegates at the exhibition claimed that with the help of this device a laptop caosting about $60 can eventually be manufactured. But for now at least the $10-laptop turned out to be damp squib.