The Straits Times
Published on Dec 11, 2012

Google makes MIT professor's dream of 'US$100 laptop' a reality


BOSTON (REUTERS) - Google Inc began selling basic laptop computers to schools at a price of US$99 (S$121), meeting a price point that prominent Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Nicholas Negroponte famously held out in 2005 as key to bringing computing power to the masses.

The Internet giant said on Monday that it will be offering the steep educational discount on Series 5 Chromebooks from Samsung Electronics Co through Dec 21. They typically retail for US$249.

Prof Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child Foundation failed to meet his ambitious target, which critics said would be impossible to meet when he set it. His XO laptop currently sells for about US$200.

Still, he is widely credited with helping to launch the era of low-cost portable computing.