I recently read a good article about the McLaren F1. This article got me all excited about the car all over again. You see, it has been 14 years. And the car is still a classic supercar.
The car was produced in 1992. Powered by the legendary BMW 6.1litre V12 pushing 627bhp… the F1 could hit 240mph. Designed as a no compromise supercar, the McLaren F1 had all the dynamics of the best drivers supercar ever built. It was something that could be driven hard on the track (in fact, it won the 24 hours Le Mans on its debut), and (incredibly) it could be driven in town on a daily basis.
“Small, slim, light, and powerful” were words designer and project head Gordon Murray called it. It had a unique central driving position, with a passenger seat on either side (two girlfriends?). Other clever tricks were specially designed luggage compartments which maintained the car’s balance yet provided some handy stowage space.
A friend of mine shared the following link.
It is an interesting coverage of the one laptop per child project entitled “No lap un-topped – the bottom up revolution that could re-define global IT culture“. The presentation was made by Nicholas Negroponte, who is a Motorola Director and Chairman Emeritus MIT Labs & Chairman One Laptop per Child. The presentation was dated 2 December 2006. More on Nicholas.
I found the whole idea and concept very interesting. This is the kind of catalyst that could possibly change the way we deliver education around the world. Making the laptops affordable (not more than USD100.00) and ubiquitous is the key factor here. Other interesting ideas for the laptop is using human (as opposed to battery or AC/DC power) and Wi-Fi mesh networking to allow networking in the remotest of locations.
Any thoughts of this bridging the digital divide in Malaysia?
Just learnt that bluehyppo and TM smart schools have collaborated on education content at the following website:
bluehyppo b-smart website
This includes govt school syllabus from standard 1 all the way to form 5. The materials look interesting, although not quite top notch levels. But this is sufficient to get by.
In addition to this TM Smart Schools have also developed School Management Systems which would allow the school management to use a web based interface to run the school administration. The benefit of this is for parents to be able to view various school and children performance online… and perhaps in the future be able to compare from one school to another.