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Group Set to Drop Computer Tablets From the Sky...Seriously


"literally take tablets and drop them out of helicopters."

(Photo: OLPC)

The One Laptop Per Child campaign, like it sounds, seeks to get computers into disadvantaged children's hands around the world. But some children are easier to reach than others. How will the group get laptops to needy children in rural areas?

Well, according to the founder Nicolas Negroponte, the group will just drop them from helicopters.

PC World reports Negroponte as saying at an Open Mobile Summit that they will "literally take tablets and drop them out of helicopters." The tablets they plan to give out are XO-3, which cost less than $100 and are reported to be fine when dropped 30 feet or left in the rain.

And as PC World notes, Negroponte believes the children will be fine learning how to use computer skills without instruction. He even references an experiment that has shown children can learn to use computers well without guidance.

Tech Crunch says that the campaign should begin delivering computers sometime in late 2012 and that the devices will have solar charging capabilities. The computers will be delivered all around the world, including in the U.S., Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Rwanda and China.

Here's more about OLPC's mission:

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