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Bill Gates, eat your heart out

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 picture.



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By ksherman on 5/23/2006 6:38:59 PM , Rating: 2
well, other than the one hooked up to it, it doesnt seem to have a mouse... other wise, it has a windows start key on the keyboard?




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By Drexial on 5/23/2006 6:42:12 PM , Rating: 2
its a bit too blurry to really tell, but i can see the windows key indeed. good spot.


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By Lonearchon on 5/23/2006 6:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
I think it is there due to the use of part already made avalible to save costs. Look like great concept.


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By peternelson on 5/23/2006 8:15:04 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see a mouse, but it's not really essential, I used to regularly drive win95 with just a keyboard.

A mouse is a $100 upgrade to subsidise the price of the machine ;-)

Or you supply your own and plug it in usb/ps2.

I thought it might have a "nipple" button in the keyboard like IBM or Toshiba use (I hate those).

SERIOUSLY,

It looks like their is a wide touch pad panel on the surface in front of the keyboard (it's yellow but you can see it if you look). Just conventional laptop tech. Why they have to make it yellow?


RE: picture
By Macelind on 5/24/2006 10:05:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yellow and red. It looks like a McDonalds product. It would be cool if they came with a happy meal.


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By Mk4ever on 5/23/2006 9:32:59 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't this supposed to be for 3rd world countries?

I see only english letters on the keyboard!


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By dmcanally on 5/24/2006 10:32:48 AM , Rating: 2
the first step to success is learning English.


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