Recently the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) group announced that its low-cost laptop would be raised from $100 up to $175 , Closer to home a Chennai based company has introduced a PC for INR 4500 ( Around $100) and is all set to market it to a potential 10 million customers across the Globe , Net PC as they call it is a network computer, designed on a completely new hardware platform without using any of the typical PC or thin client components. The hardware design instead uses components designed and developed for advanced electronic and digital devices. The devices come as a single or a dual processor solution and can be connected to a basic home TV which serves as the display. For as little as $10 a month the company provides access to all the basic computing functions and also provides a broadband connection . There is no local storage though and all storage is done on a remote server maintained by the company . I won’t get into the technical details of the product , visit the Novatium site for more information ,you can download the product specifications there . I believe this is a great initiative especially for developing countries where a PC is still a luxury and not a necessity . Maybe the OLPC guys can take a few hints from this 🙂

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