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I've heard of windup toys, but windup laptops?

Hold onto your laps, because this News.com story tops the charts: "The $100 laptop moves closer to reality" (http://www.techrepublic.com/2100-10877_11-5884683.html)

According to the story, Nicholas Negroponte, the co-founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has detailed specifications for a $100 windup-powered laptop for children in developing nations. Negroponte and his nonprofit group, One Laptop Per Child, are working with five countries—Brazil, China, Thailand, Egypt and South Africa—to distribute up to 15 million test systems to children.

"Power for the new systems will be provided through either conventional electric current, batteries or by a windup crank attached to the side of the notebooks, since many countries targeted by the plan do not have power in remote areas."

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Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.

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