Who is waiting for one?
By 2050, we're all going to have eye tumors.
no one has done this before because typing on a surface that does "give" under pressure is painful and difficult. Also, it should be noted that one of the goals of the OLPC project was a sub-$100 laptop. It's now nearly $400. OLPC is trying for a $75 price-point with this one. No freaking way.
@2, if by $400 you actually mean $188, then yes, you're right. Now I realize that you're probably speaking about the "Buy-One, Give-One" program in which you pay for two computers and one gets sent to a child in need, but for the sake of your argument, you're not on point. I agree that the $75 price point is unrealistic, but if it's below $200, I would expect the device to sell quite well.
That's the problem with OLPC: It doesn't actually exist. Nick Negroponte is totally full of shit. He can't deliver ANY of his pie-in-the-sky brainclouds -- never has, never will.
A neat idea if they can ever pull it off. OLPC's track record is not exactly encouraging.
@3, you're right, i misspoke regarding the price of the current OLPC. However, I still don't see this as a viable notebook or e-reader. Typing for any meaningful amount of time would require an external keyboard and battery life wouldn't allow it to be a useful e-reader.
Asus isn't bankrupt yet?
E-readers are never going to catch on. Books are supposed to be things, not files.
I got my eee for $295 with a Linux OS pre-installed. That pc pictured looks pretty cool though.
I believe any e-reader that uses E-ink such as the Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader feels pretty good to my eyes. No refresh rate flicker, just etch-a-sketch style solid grey/black.
@10. e-ink is currently the only viable e-reader solution because it only uses power when changing pages, and is often rated at 1000's of page changes per charge (as opposed to 2-6 hours for most notebooks). You're right, it also looks pretty good.
@8. If I could get non-DRM e-books at lower price than a physical book, I'd switch immediately. Given that most people don't seem to mind DRM, I think we'll see a decent surge in e-book sales in the next 5 years. It used to be that people wanted physical media when they bought music. Now mp3s are huge.
Asus Eee, it comes with Linux. Just tried Linux for the first time a few weeks ago (ubuntu.com), gotta say, not going back to the old boys. Bye bye windows, nice knowing you osx.
Negroponte...as in the younger brother of John Negroponte. Just fucking great.
I've found that I really like reading ebooks on my Tablet PC. Unlike a regular laptop which is a pain to balance, I can hold the tablet like I would a pad of paper. I can read at night without having to have a lamp on keeping anyone else awake, and the last time I flew cross-country I fit 1500 pages of text in an inch of space in my bag.
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