Imagine a real world laptop--durable enough to function even the toughest conditions--that's brilliantly functional, energy efficient, low cost, and fun. Sound incredible? Now imagine a nonprofit program that wants to place perhaps the greenest laptop ever in the hands of children in the developing world. The XO laptop has the perfect features and software to get kids excited about learning no matter where they live.
One Laptop per Child (OLPC), a nonprofit, sells the sturdy kid-friendly XO machines at a super low cost to governments in developing countries so they can give the computers to schoolchildren. These low-cost green machines use less power that regular PCs and are designed to work in demanding, rural conditions.
Want to help more needy kids get a laptop?
To foster learning in developing countries, The One Laptop per Child project has restarted its "Give One, Get One" program with a new retail partner, Amazon.
You can buy one open-source, Linux-based XO laptop for your family for $399 at Amazon.com and the OLPC program will donate another one to a needy child in a developing country. If you don't want a laptop for yourself, you can still donate one of the devices to OLPC for $199 per machine.
"The phenomenal success of last year's Give 1, Get 1 program created tremendous demand from both the public, who wanted to give more, and from countries that saw an opportunity to attack poverty through education," said Nicholoas Negroponte, founder and chairman of OLPC, in a statement. Mr. Negroponte is also the founding director of M.I.T. Media Laboratory.
Watch Zimi's story below in the YouTube clip.
Also you can watch David Pogue at the NYT in the video clip below from last year (Oct. 4, 2007)
Please note that the dates of the Give 1, Get 1 program have been updated since Pogue made this video. See the link at One Laptop per Child (OLPC) for all the current dates and prices.
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