Indian officials plan to show a prototype of a new portable computer next week that is in some ways the country’s answer to the OLPC “$100 laptop” The idea was to create a computer for students in the developing nation that could be sold for far below the cost of the XO Laptop, which actually costs closer to $200. How much below? Well, according to the folks behind the Indian computer, it currently costs about 1000 rupees or $20 to make, but the hope is that once mass production starts it could hit 500 rupees or $10.
There’s not much information about the $10 computer yet. It’s described as a portable machine, and in some instances I’ve seen it called a laptop. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a light weight box with a CPU and some storage that students can carry from home to school and plug into a monitor. It’s one of the only ways I can imagine the price would be so low. But I guess we’ll find out for sure next week when the prototype is unveiled.
The Indian Government is hoping to work with private firms to manufacturer the device which could be available in six months.