$35 Tablet Computer
October 5, 2011 by staff
$35 Tablet Computer, India submitted a cheap computer tablet Wednesday, saying that modern technology offers the field to help people out of poverty. The team, called Aakash, or “sky” in Hindi, is the latest in a series of “world’s cheapest” innovations in India, including a small car Nano 2040 and a water purifier 15 and 2000 and open heart surgery.
DataWind developer is selling the pills to the government and about 45 each, and subsidies are reduced to 35 and for students and teachers. In comparison, Apple’s cheapest iPhone costs and 499, while the fire has recently announced Kindle will sell for 199 y.
DataWind says you can make about 100,000 units per month at this time, not enough to fulfill the hope of India to get its 220 million children online.
Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal called the announcement a message to all the world’s children.
“This is not just for us. This is for all who are helpless,” he said. “This is for all those living on the margins of society.”
Despite a booming technology industry and decades of strong economic growth, there are still hundreds of thousands of Indians, no electricity, much less access to computers and the information that could help farmers increase yields, entrepreneurship reach customers or students qualify for college.
The start-up – attended by hundreds of students, some selected to help train others around the country in the use of the tablet – followed by five years of effort to design a team and 10 that could save the country’s digital divide enormous.
“People laughed, people call us crazy,” ministry official NK Sinha said. “They said they are taking the nation for a ride.”
While the goal of 10 and was not achieved, the Aakash has a color display and offers word processing, Internet browsing and video conferencing. The Android 2.2-based device has two USB ports and 256 MB of RAM. Despite hopes for a solar-powered version – important for energy-hungry India’s areas of influence – there is no option currently available.
Both Sibal and CEO Suneet Tuli DataWind asked Singh to enhance the product competition and lower prices further.
“. The intention is to start a price war, let it start,” said Tuli, inviting others to do the job better and open technology – while still making a commercially viable product.
As for the goal and 10, “we dream and go in that direction. Let’s start with that goal and see what happens,” he said.
On Wednesday, students were well informed about the aim of providing pills for the poor, although most attendees already had access to computers at home or in their schools.
“A person who learns very quickly when you have a computer at home,” said Shashank Kumar, 21, a student of computer engineering from Jodhpur, in Bihar, one of every five people in the northern state selected to travel to villages and demonstrate the device. “In a few years people may even become hackers.”
India, after raising the literacy of about 78% of 12% when the British government ended, now focuses on higher education with the 2020 target of 30% of tuition. Today, only 7% of Indians graduate from high school.
“For all children in India to carry this message. Aim for the sky and beyond. There is nothing stopping you,” Sibal said before distributing around 650 of the pills to students.
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