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The thin client
Because they rely on a server to store and process data, and thus don't need fast processors or a hard drive, thin clients can be produced for about $100, including a used monitor. The downside is that if the server dies, so do all the machines that are connected to it.
The SUV PC
At the Computer Electronics Show in January, Intel unveiled a concept "community computer" for emerging countries. The "SUV PC"-style machine is made to tolerate hot and dusty conditions. Pricing for this type of unit can be prohibitive though.
Mobile photo studio
HP scotched its experiment with a four-person, multilanguage PC called the 441 System. But related efforts are still alive. Women in Kuppam, India, have created a business out of taking portraits and ID card photos with a solar-powered HP printer and a digital camera, and the company has also created a van rigged with PCs to let farmers test their soil.