Friday, September 30, 2005

BBC NEWS | Technology | Sub-$100 laptop design unveiled

The laptop will be tough and foldable in different ways, with a hand crank for when there is no power supply.

The laptops will be encased in rubber to make them more durable, and their AC adaptors will also act as carrying straps.

The Linux-based machines are expected to have a 500MHz processor, with flash memory instead of a hard drive which has more delicate moving parts.

They will have four USB ports, and will be able to connect to the net through wi-fi - wireless net technology - and will be able to share data easily.

It will also have a dual-mode display so that it can still be used in varying light conditions outside. It will be a colour display, but users will be able to switch easily to monochrome mode so that it can be viewed in bright sunlight, at four times normal resolution.

Nicholas Negroponte said he is committed to the idea that children all over the world should be equipped with technology so that they can tap into the educational and communications benefits of the net.

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