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Last Updated: Thursday November 17 2005 17:13 GMT

UN launches $100 laptop for poor

A laptop that costs under $100 (58)has been unveiled by the United Nations, in a bid to help educate kids in poor and developing countries.

The computers, which are lime green, will not need a power supply, as they come with a handle which you turn to generate electricity.

Professor Nicholas Negroponte came up with the idea, and he plans to produce millions of the machines.

It's hoped they will help kids in poor countries interact while they learn.

The computers will be covered in rubber to make them extra-tough, and have a power cable that also acts as a carrying strap.

Professor Negroponte plans to make so many of the laptops, and sell them so cheaply, that no-one will think of stealing them.

"Every single problem you can think of, poverty, peace, the environment, is solved with education or including education," he said.

"So when we make this available, it is an education project, not a laptop project. Digital is the means through which children learn learning."

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