Lasers in the Jungle Watch
Posted by Eliot Weinstein on August 3, 2007
The so-called “$100 PC”, designed for citizens of developing nations, has been the object of a several-year product design struggle by technology firms and economic development specialists. The One Laptop Per Child campaign, which aims to accomplish this goal using a cheap, 2 Watt AMD subnotebook, now has some competiton. Lenovo announced today that they will sell a new PC aimed at rural Chinese customers, for as low as $199. Dell had earlier announced a low-cost PC for around $223.
(This post will hopefully be the first in a continuing series about the arrival of technology in the developing world, particularly in clever or unique ways. “Lasers in the Jungle” is a line from Paul Simon’s song “The Boy in the Bubble” on the album Graceland–the 1986 Grammy Album of the Year. The song juxtaposes the the arrival of Western technologies with the banality of daily life in an unnamed, poverty-stricken African dictatorship.)
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