Modifications on the $100 Laptop

Last Monday I read the first time about the $100 Laptop of the MIT to be built for the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) initiative [1]. There will be no shop that is going to sell that Laptop, as I read on the introductional page. The Laptop roughly will be

a Linux-based, full-color, full-screen laptop that will use innovative power (including wind-up) and will be able to do most everything except store huge amounts of data. This rugged laptop will be WiFi-enabled and have USB ports galore. Its current specifications are: 500MHz, 1GB, 1 Megapixel.

So far quite impressive, if you keep $100 in mind. Nevertheless I would like to add the following;

  • To add a solar panel on the top of the Laptop case [2].
  • To add a foil keyboard to make it more robust [3].
  • To add more fixed Memory (>1GB).
  • To set up a Hardware-Kit to let students build their own Laptop.
  • To find a way to license the schematics, Hardware-Kit etc. under a non-commercial license.

I am not yet sure about what an *Open Hardware License* would look like and even if it even is nescessary. As said, it is just a random thought. But I can imagine that it would push the innovation in the soft- and hardware industries, even though I tend for a non-commercial license. The idea behind is that companies should not re-produce the hardware and sell it at exorbitant prices. The Laptop should be available for approx. $100. So if they are innovative, they produce it for less.


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