It is interesting how the local needs of emergement markets can influence the entire industry.
India Planning $10 Laptop
By Charlie Sorrel February 03, 2009 8:41:07
You thought the $100 laptop was cheap? How about a $10 laptop? That's the promise of the unfortunately named Sakshat computer (it actually means "before your eyes"), to be built in India as soon as the designers get a manufacturer signed up.
Details are scarce, but at least the people behind it have pedigree. The Indian government is funding it, and the design is from scientists at science and technology institutes in Vellore, Madras and Bangalore. The price of making this machine is now around $20, but should fall to half that as production runs get longer.
Read the whole article at: http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2009/02/indian-planning.html