MIT shows off $100 laptop rainbow

The maker of the $100 laptop for the third world, MIT Media Lab, has just shown off its trio of colourful design prototypes – but it is still waiting

The maker of the $100 laptop for the third world, MIT Media Lab, has just shown off its trio of colourful design prototypes – but it is still waiting for the government offers it needs to put them into production.

The laptop – originally unveiled in November last year – has been designed to help fulfil the ‘one laptop per child’ (OLPC) initiative in developing countries, hence its astoundingly cheap production costs and price.

The orange, green and blue designs (we’ll be uploading more pics below soon) are certainly charming, with their rubbery Fisher Price look and combination of spinning screens and speakers.

They also have a handy combination of a Linux operating system – Apple was allegedly snubbed in this department last year  – Wi-Fi, colour screen, 500MHz processor and a host of USB ports.

There are doubts, though, that they will ever make it into production. The OLPC needs orders for millions of the blighters from governments, which it hasn’t yet received.

However, there is a petition at Pledgebank here to get 100,000 people to buy three for $300, and give two to the proposed users. Go on, how can you resist?