The first real-life images of MIT's $100 laptop have surfaced on flickr.
In its transition from mockup to working
prototype, the laptop appears to have lost its distinctive hand crank which was
supposed to be used to provide additional run time in a pinch – the basket
handle remains, however. Included on the prototypes are what appear to be
swiveling “ears” which in the down position protect the USB, headphone and microphone
ports from dust and dirt (or whatever kids manage to drag their laptops through
during the day). Both the screen and the keyboard appear to be a bit on the small
side, but children shouldn’t have many problems placing their tiny digits on
the keys or deciphering what’s on the screen.
Bill Gates has lambasted the device due
to its lack of a hard drive in recent months in an effort to promote his
company’s own UMPC efforts. Gates also barked at the $100 laptop’s small screen
size – interesting considering that UMPC devices have screens ranging from 4.5” to 7” and are hundreds (and thousands) of
dollars more expensive.
There are also other efforts to spread technology to
underdeveloped nations including Microsoft’s FlexGo and
Intel’s Community PC.
On a side note, bonus points for whoever can point out what’s
wrong with this