One Laptop per child – gift idea

11/13/2007:

Hoboken411 reader Michael stumbled across an interesting way to provide a gift for someone on your list, as well as a child in a developing nation.

The reason this is posting “so much before Christmas”, is that the offer is good only for the next two weeks (11/12 through 11/25).

“This winter the iPhone will be a big gift item alone with other tech gadgets. I found another gift idea in the ‘iPhone price range’ which contributes to an interesting project.

It’s to benefit the “One Laptop Per Child” project and the project goal is to get low cost ($100- is the goal – it’s more like $200- at the moment) laptops to children in developing nations. The laptop has a handcrank and a powerful wifi card in it and is built to be a bit more durable than the average laptop. It has a nice design for children as if Fisher Price and Apple got together to make a laptop.

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More about the project here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_laptop_per_child

The gift idea is to buy one for $400- for someone on your holiday list and this also buys one for a child in the project. Pictures and details here:

http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/11/09/100-xo-laptop-launches-buy-one-donate-one-initiative/

Cheers,

Michael

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32 Comments on "One Laptop per child – gift idea"


Journey
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Journey
8 years 10 months ago

My folks still have some VIC 20’s in the basement… And I still own a Amiga 4000.

homeworld
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8 years 10 months ago

Ah, how I miss the days of Commodore 64…

HHoney
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HHoney
8 years 10 months ago

I don’t know about that. I wrtoe my first computer program at 9. A gernatation later and my nephew was computer literate by the time he was 5 (he started around age 3). There is something intuitive about computers that speaks to young brains.

And to MauMau’s point computers are becoming the dividing line between the haves and have-nots all around the world.

MauMau
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MauMau
8 years 10 months ago

Thanks, Cat. Bmac gets my thanks, too. As cornerstone wrote, you have to pick you battles.
I agree, the thought of a 4 year old walking around town with a laptop is a bit mind boggling.

Cat
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8 years 10 months ago

MauMau, thanks for posting the details. I admit I was skeptical of this project till I read what you had to say.

I could wish there were better ways to buy one though, because no way no how is my 4 year old getting her own laptop.

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