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.

TOPICS: PCs, Hardware

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  • 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.

  • Brazil's Linux PC

    Brazil's first official stab at a low-cost, Linux-powered computer for the masses was the Popular PC, in an initiative launched in 2001. Many components, including a flash drive, were to be built domestically to avoid high import taxes, but the project never got off the ground. That version was to cost around $250. A subsequent version of the Popular PC used a more conventional architecture that pushed the price tag to the neighborhood of $600. The program went into limbo in 2002 with a change of government.

Topics: PCs, Hardware

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