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The Public Responds to One Laptop Per Child

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The public responds to One Laptop Per Child. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It is a non-profit organization with a goal of building one hundred dollar laptops …to empower the children of developing countries to learn…and connect. And to help drive it forward….until the 26th of this month…OLPC is allowing everyday consumers in the U.S. and Canada to give one and get one. A 399 donation at laptop.org…buys a laptop for a child….and one for yourself. The organization's President of software and content Walter Bender says the response thus far has been enthusiastic…

"The American people are really rising to the occasion. I think they realize the importance of what we're trying to do and have been very generous."

OLPC has been able to bring its cost per laptop down to about 188 dollars….so far. Pretty remarkable when you consider the features…it is ruggedized…with built in WiFi…and such low power consumption…it can be powered by the sun….

"And we've packed into the laptop lots of the tools that we think children need for learning. So we have tools like a Web browser for exploring the world. A multimedia player, an ebook reader. But we also have tools of expression, to allow the children to appropriate that knowledge and really put it to use. There's tools not just for watching videos but for making videos. There's a built in video camera. There are tools not just for listening to music but for creating music."

Again, you can find more information at laptop.org. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.