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tornadog
02-03-09, 10:41 AM
"Indians may soon be able to buy the ultimate in credit-crunch computing – a laptop that costs only 500 rupees (7/$10).

The government-developed laptop is the latest in ultra-cheap engineering to emerge from the sub-continent. It is also the most ambitious attempt yet to bring the internet to the developing world and bridge the “digital divide” between rich and poor.

India has already given the world the 100,000-rupee (1,450/$2000) Tata Nano car and a no-frills mobile telephone that costs less than 800 rupees.

The laptop that may be sold for less than the cost of a paperback book has been more than three years in the making."



http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/technology/article5639463.ece

Bearclaw
02-03-09, 11:18 AM
You get what you pay for.

That being said, this is really cool.

mojoman0
02-03-09, 12:53 PM
The technology website said that the price of computer components was too high to make a 500-rupee laptop. Analysts at the financial management company Merrill Lynch estimated that the Negroponte laptop screen alone cost about 20. “India’s $10 price hopes appear to be nothing more than pure fantasy,” it concluded.

meh

CaptNKILL
02-03-09, 03:13 PM
I didn't know India used the same currency as The Legend of Zelda...

http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com/science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/upload/1/1a/Zelda_rupees.png

marqmajere
02-04-09, 11:27 AM
I didn't know India used the same currency as The Legend of Zelda...

http://www.all-science-fair-projects.com/science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/upload/1/1a/Zelda_rupees.png

They also have no banking system. All currency is stored in jars and in groups of weeds.

Tr1cK
02-04-09, 11:33 AM
http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/04/indias-10-laptop-is-not-a-laptop/
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