Remember that prestigious project called 100 dollar laptop? Notebooks that were supposed to be sold for 100 dollar each and were supposed to cause a revolution since every child in a third world country would receive one?
Well, that 100 dollar laptop, the project is currently called OLPC, it’s price has increased to $199 a piece Yeah, someone somewhere forgot that corporotaions are run by the rules of capitalism and therefore (rightfully) want to make a profit.
“As of March 2011, we have produced XO laptops for roughly 2 million children around the world”
Going by the above quote, which I took from the OLPC wiki, I think this project will cause an evolution rather than a revolution
Now, something that I think is changing the world already by causing a ,yet unknown to the non geek world, revolution; is the Raspberry Pi. An at most 35 dollar (taxes and shipping costs excluded) costing, credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard.
Granted it’s specs aren’t spectacular, but it is perfect for the educational purposes it’s aiming at I do believe this project will cause a revolution by education.
Here is why I think Raspberry Pi will succeed worldwide:
- It’s smaller, you can easily put it in your pocket and take it with you anywhere.
- It’s price tag.
- It doesn’t need as much power as a traditional desktop.
- It’s a computer not a laptop, if the keyboard breaks you just plug in on to another keyboard.
- It’s looks like you can easily modify it and making it therefore easier to repair.
- It’s aim is not only to learn children about software but also about hardware and working in international teams through the internet.
- It has a quick expanding community of enthousiasts worldwide.
- The people behind this project are upfront about everything, in case where they can’t they also explain why; like being bound by a NDA for example.
- While the people behind Rasberry Pi act out of idealism, they do have a healthy share of realism.
“We don’t claim to have all the answers. We don’t think that the Raspberry Pi is a fix to all of the world’s computing issues.”
Quote taken from here.
- But most important of all; the people behind this project have the X factor, you just want them to succeed
I am so thrilled about this project, I just can’t wait till I can contribute