The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) started out as the $100 laptop. The educational plan was to have a hundred dollar laptop for every child in developing nations. There are now plans to launch retail sales of the laptop but it will not be sold at $100:
“…The plan to put the distinctive green and white XO laptops on sale in 27 European nations was revealed by OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte in a speech to the World of Health IT Conference in Copenhagen.
When it goes on sale the XO laptop is expected to cost £268 (313 euros) and should be available in 27 EU nations as well as Switzerland, Russia and Turkey.”
At four times the initial projected cost (based on today’s conversion rate), does this constitute a ‘near miss’? In this sector, OLPC has vigorous competition. For example, Asus is a competitor; and the Asus Eee sells at a lower retail price. OLPC may be forced to be very creative in marketing this product. At the moment, the OLPC does not seem to be a leader in this niche market.