The backers of the One Laptop Per Child project are looking at the possibility of selling the computer to the public. One idea under consideration is having customers buy two laptops at once, with the second going to a developing country. Ebay is even a possible partner for selling the laptop, said Michalis Bletsas, chief connectivity officer for the project.
"Our focus right now is on the launch in the developing world," said Michalis Bletsas. Five million of these laptops will be delivered to developing nations this summer. Nicholas Negroponte, chairman and founder of the OLPC group, confirmed that the organization’s main task is to distribute the laptops to the poorest parts of the world.
However Nicholas Negroponte did go on to say that there has been thoughts about selling these low cost, durable laptops. "Many commercial schemes have been considered and proposed that may surface in 2008 or beyond, one of which is ‘buy 2 and get 1’," he said. Considering these laptops are priced at about $150, consumers may take a huge interest in them. I guess we will just have to wait and see if this speculation is true and we may only have to wait until 2008.
- NotebookReview’s CES 2007: One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Laptop Hands On.