Photos: PCs for the poor

Photos: PCs for the poor

Summary: A look at a few possibilities for bringing an inexpensive computer to the developing world.

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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.

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