Argentina Joins MIT’s Low-Cost Laptop Plan

Argentina Ministry of Education is collaborating with a project of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put a laptop computer into the hands of the nation’s children.

MIT’s prototype low-cost laptop

MIT Media Lab Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT program “One Laptop per Child”; said the program will launch a prototype of a bare-bones low-cost laptop for students as early as next year. The machines will have lower quality screens and less software found in most PCs.

Brazil and China will also be receiving such computers for students, expected to be distributed at the end of 2006 or early 2007.

The computers, with low capacity of storage but high connectivity, will use the Linux operating system and have the capability of generating their own energy through an attached hand-operated crank.”