One special interest consumer group wants to provide a cheap laptop computer to the masses. This computer would be ultra-durable, brightly colored, powerful, and change the way that school children in developing countries learn.

The cheap laptop computer would cost around $100 and be tough and kid friendly. And since producing power for the laptop might be a problem for students in developing countries, the hundred dollar laptop has a hand crank to generate the operational power necessary. The Massachusetts Institute of technology has been charged with the task of creating a prototype for this computer.

Some have wondered just how useful the included wireless connections will be in places where the Internet does not exist or is too expensive. They are also been concerns about the cheap laptop computers remaining in the hands of children, despite their bright and distinctive colors.

Leaders of this cheap laptop computer project, dubbed the “$100 Laptop Initiative”, envisioned a computer that can substitute for computers, textbooks, libraries, maps, and more – all in one product.

In an effort to keep the cost down, the designers of the cheap laptop computer decided to implement “open source” software so that there are no problems with obtaining licensing fees. The computers will run on less memory in order to keep the costs down. And the designers were also able to obtain a cheap processor similar to ones used in home computers.

One of the problematic areas of creating this cheap laptop computer was the display screen. In normal laptop computers, the display screen alone can cost more than $100. But in order for this model to be effective, the designers needed to find a display that would be much cheaper, around $35. The display also needed to be versatile enough to be read vertically like the pages of the book.

Designers of the cheap laptop computer even considered colored and design with their concept. While they did not want a color that would make teenagers reject the laptops, they did want a color and design that was distinctive enough to keep the computers out of the hands of unscrupulous adults.

Designers of the hundred dollar cheap laptop computer are confident that it will be a welcome addition to education systems around the world. Some countries that have already expressed interest are Brazil and Thailand.