Professor's dream of $100 laptop now reality

Last updated 13:24 12/12/2012
Nicholas Negroponte
Reuters
ALL PART OF THE PLAN: Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder and chairman of th MIT Media Lab and Wiesner Professor of Media Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Google began selling basic laptop computers to schools at a price of US$99 (NZ$120), meeting a price point that prominent MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte famously held out in 2005 as key to bringing computing power to the masses.

The internet giant will be offering the steep educational discount on Series 5 Chromebooks from Samsung through December 21. They typically retail for US$399.

Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child Foundation failed to meet his ambitious target, which critics said would be impossible to meet when he set it. His XO laptop currently sell for about US$200.

Still, he is widely credited with helping to launch the era of low-cost portable computing.

The creation of relatively low-cost laptops from his foundation pressured industry giants including Intel, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Dell to develop inexpensive versions of their products such as the netbook.

Information on the programme is available at googleblog.blogspot.com.

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