Taiwanese expertise to help kids all over the world 台灣技術 幫助國際孩童

Tue, Jan 09, 2007 - Page 13

A Taiwanese company — Quanta Computer Inc — has been chosen to make a special type of laptop for kids. The laptop will hopefully cost just US$100.

The people behind the project hope that governments will buy the laptops and give them to kids in poor and remote parts of their countries. The laptop is different from ordinary laptops. First, it can get electricity by being wound up. One minute of winding up gives 10 minutes of use.

Second, it runs on special software called Linux. Linux is a free program that users make and share. Their icon is a friendly penguin.

Third, the laptop won't be able to save a lot of data as there is no hard drive. The laptop will be able to talk to other laptops nearby though!

The laptop can do nearly everything ordinary computers can do except store lots of data. The American organization behind the project — called One Laptop per Child — have spoken to Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Nigeria and Thailand about providing the laptops. It hopes the first ones can be sold early this year. (Catherine Thomas, staff writer)