The $100 laptop are ready for sale (bbc link). These laptops were designed especially for children in developing countries. The design includes the low price (although it’s now about $200) , water proof case and the ability to use solar or foot power to charge the battery. While the cheap laptop seems like a marvel of technology, I’m still skeptical that the money is best spent on laptop. As a Tunisian government official said:
"If you live in a mud hut what use is that computer for your children who don't have a doctor within walking distance?" (article)
I'm still looking for good economic evaluations of the impact of giving out these laptops to students in the developing world.