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Its been more than a year since i first heard about Prof. Negroponte’s fabledHundred-Dollar Laptop. Launched with much fanfare, we still have heard plans, but not seen this computer. In his column over on the MIT Technology Review, Jason Pontin asks, “Can a $100 computer be […]

Its been more than a year since i first heard about Prof. Negroponte’s fabledHundred-Dollar Laptop. Launched with much fanfare, we still have heard plans, but not seen this computer. In his column over on the MIT Technology Review, Jason Pontin asks, “Can a $100 computer be built? Maybe.”

No Jason, it has been built, by Novatium, an Indian company based in Madras. I write about them in the latest issue of Business 2.0. (Sub-required to read the article!) Admittedly it does not have Negroponte’s star power, making do with home-grown engineering chutzpah. But they have come up with possibly the best solution for their market. And having finished Pontin’s piece, I will only believe Negroponte’s laptop when I see it. And that’s not happening anytime soon.

  1. Brendon Carr Friday, August 5, 2005

    Om, did you get to lay hands on the Novatium Nova NetPC? And more importantly, can I? How do I buy one of these things outside India?

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  2. [...] Even the people smarter than me are saying this is a good thing. Some others can’t even believe it (Wadda ya think now, Om?). This can’t be real. Please God (I mean the real God) – don’t let it be real. [...]

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  3. [...] by Om Malik Friday, September 28, 2007 at 9:00 AM PT | No comments I have been fairly skeptical of the One Laptop Per Child project, not because it’s not a worthy cause, [...]

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