He told me that there is a big challenge now with this project as the likes of India refused to participate as they are capable of building similar devices at a much cheaper rate and feels that there are far more important things to prioritize. China is likewise interested but also having their local players participate in building the devices.
Being able to tinker with, here's my observation:
- I need to be trained on how to use the device. There's no help or description that explains what are the icons that appear on the screen.
- I'm impressed that the gadget has wireless connectivity and a built in web cam.
- It looks like a toy.
- In short, I wasn't able to figure out what to do with it without being trained or having a manual of sort to read. (perhaps more time to tinker)
This coupled with other pressing priorities such as clean water, better education, electricity in rural areas, social services all compete on funds that are necessary to purchase one million computers to participate in this project.
(Photos were taken using the Palm Treo 680)