The nonprofit spin-off from MIT said assembly lines for its “XO” laptops were fired up Tuesday at a Chinese factory run by manufacturer Quanta Computer Inc. That means children should begin getting the green-and-white computers in the next month or so. Negroponte, said in September that Quanta would build about 250,000 XOs this year, ramping to 1 million a month in 2008.
The initial recipients will be children in Uruguay, Peru and Mongolia. Beginning later this month people in North America will be able to buy one for themselves and donate the other to a child overseas through www.laptopgiving.org.
For more on the program please visit: http://www.laptop.org/