Nicholas Negroponte, chairman emeritus of the MIT Media Lab, presented the first public demonstration of the latest prototype of the $100 laptop at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Diego this month.
During his keynote presentation, Negroponte said that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Project is alive and well, and is set to put laptops in the hands of millions of children around the world next year.
The laptop prototype runs on less than two watts, can be operated on human power, and doesn't require electricity. The unit uses a Wi-Fi mesh network that allows users to connect and share memory; it includes a dual mode display that can be viewed easily in natural and artificial light.
Negroponte is a founder of "Wired" magazine and author of the 1995 bestseller, "Being Digital," which has been translated into more than 40 languages.
The National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) is produced by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). A total of more than 11,800 registered attendees and 4,800 exhibit personnel attended this year's conference in San Diego, California. Events included an exhibit hall, nearly 300 concurrent sessions and dozens of additional showcases, galleries and poster sessions.
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