MIT is pushing to develop the world's first $100 laptop... What else? It's powered by a crank handle so you can use it even where there's no power. The goal is to empower the third world through a new program called One Laptop Per Child (OLPC)
From the MIT Website:
Please note that the $100 laptopsâ€”not yet in productionâ€”will not be available for sale. The laptops will only be distributed to schools directly through large government initiatives.
The MIT Media Lab has launched a new research initiative to develop a $100 laptopâ€”a technology that could revolutionize how we educate the world's children. To achieve this goal, a new, non-profit association, One Laptop per Child (OLPC), has been created. The initiative was first announced by Nicholas Negroponte, Lab chairman and co-founder, at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland in January 2005.
Nicholas Negroponte, the co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, detailed specifications for a $100 windup-powered laptop targeted at children in developing nations.
Negroponte, who laid out his original proposal at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January, said MIT and his nonprofit group, called One Laptop Per Child, is in discussions with five countries--Brazil, China, Thailand, Egypt and South Africa--to distribute up to 15 million test systems to children.