Turns out that goofy picture of the $100 MIT laptop we revealed yesterday is the actual picture. The $100 laptop designed by the MIT Media Lab is designed for school-aged children worldwide.
The textbook-sized lime green laptop with yellow handcrank was revealed in prototype form by chairman Nicholas Negroponte.
Negroponte said the lime green color and yellow handcrank was chosen to make them appealing to children and to fend off potential thieves.
The devices will cost $110 to make (manufacturer is still unannounced) and will obviously have to be subsidized to be sold at $100.
Negroponte expects sell 1 million of them to Brazil, Thailand, Egypt and Nigeria when the devices start shipping in February or March.
Why don’t more laptops ship with handcranks? Man I wish I could just recharge my PowerBook and get some exercise anytime its battery dies.