"Rehmi Post of MIT's Media Lab is working on an under-$50,
low-power, Linux-based handheld computer for the developing world.
Information on Project Pengachu from his site."
[ Description from LinuxWorld link -- information on Rehmi Post's
site is in the form of a slideshow, three of which are quoted below
- LT ed. ]
Long battery life
Peer to peer ad-hoc wireless TCP/IP networking
Open software, open hardware
Complete software development environment on board
Reusable design for embedded computing (to enable TTT!)"
Open hardware and software (no big SW license fees!)
Simplified backplane bus using 1Mbps SPI for low cost
On-board power management for long battery life (50mW while
128x64 pixel onboard LCD, possibly VGA or NTSC output in next
Projected system cost in volume ($50), easy to integrate into a
cheaper few-chip solution"
Software Footprint: < 1MB!!!!
Web browser, full TCP/IP software suite, NFS, web server,
Native or cross-compile -- either way a full software
development environment: vi, emacs, C and Scheme
MP3 audio and IP telephony support in hardware
Browse or navigate with onboard buttons and wheel; write code
with external keyboard/mouse"