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Photos: The $100 laptop on Linux

As initially envisioned, Negroponte's $100 laptops sported a hand crank on the side to generate power, but the idea was scrapped because the twisting forces would be bad for the machine. Instead, some form of power generation device, likely a pedal, will be attached to the AC power adapter.

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