The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
M.I.T. Team Working on $12 Computer Based on Apple II

M.I.T. Team Working on $12 Computer Based on Apple II

by , 4:25 PM EDT, August 5th, 2008

Derek Lomas and his associates at M.I.T. are working on a computer that Third World residents can buy for $12, according to the Boston Herald on Monday. It's loosely based on the Apple II.

Most people are aware of the project by Nicholas Negroponte at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to build at US$100 computer for Third World kids, but Mr. Lomas and his team want to go one better.


Apple II (circa 1982)

"If you just know how to type, that can be the difference between earning $1 an hour instead of $1 a day," Mr. Lomas said at the recent MIT International Development Design Summit.

The 1980's Apple II was the inspiration for Mr. Lomas. "My generation all had Apple IIs that we learned to type and play games on," Mr. Lomas said. "If we can get buy-in from programmers, we can develop these devices and give (Third World) schools Apple II computer labs like the ones I grew up with."

His six member team has already recruited Apple II enthusiasts to help with programming. Their computer will add rudimentary Internet access.

"We think we can develop a really good educational tool that could give kids exposure to keyboards, typing and mouse usage at an early age," said Austin-Breneman, one of the other team members.

For kids who have never used a computer before, that may be all they need to get a start in the modern computer era.

Recent TMO Headlines - Updated April 20th

Fri, 8:00 AM
Cybersecurity Tech Accord: 34 Tech Companies Just Promised a Bunch of Nothing
Thu, 5:38 PM
Tim Cook Insists That iOS and macOS Shall Remain Separate. He's Right
Thu, 5:26 PM
Cybersecurity Tech Accord, Cyberwar Is Now, Social Network Inertia - ACM 458
Thu, 3:58 PM
Starting Today, Apple is Making Earth Day Donations and Built a New Robot
Thu, 3:35 PM
Review: MeWe is a Private Social Network Taking on Facebook
Thu, 2:23 PM
PSA: Live Photos Include Sound, as This Person Discovered
Thu, 1:34 PM
The Broken iMac Pro Controversy, Amazon's Fire TV Edition - TMO Daily Observations 2018-04-19
Thu, 1:03 PM
Nix Pro Color Sensor: $249
Thu, 11:51 AM
Amazon's 100M Prime Subscribers are Big for Streaming Content
Thu, 10:01 AM
RememBear: TunnelBear Intros New Password Manager
Wed, 7:10 PM
Facebook 'Forming Team' to Design Its Own Processors
Wed, 6:11 PM
Watch Intelligence Squared Net Neutrality Debate: Tom Wheeler, Mitchell Baker vs. Michael Katz, Nick Gillespie
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!