Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Tablet PC For $35 | India's Low-Cost Answer To The iPad.

Thanks to the success of the Apple iPad,tablets are, for the first time in their long history, well on the way to becoming mainstream.
With prices starting at $499, however, Apple’s device is still too expensive for many. A new prototype from the Indian government, however, may slice the price of tablets down to a fraction of that.

The government has announced plans to create an educational tablet priced at $35. The device, which will offer a number of basic computing features, such as a Web browser and video conferencing, is set to roll out to Indian students in 2011.

The device was first demoed on an Indian TV show called “Gadget Guru” by India’s Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal. According to Sibal, the device has a virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi capability, a built-in camera, 2GB of RAM, and runs on the Android operating system.The Indian government is attempting to push the device’s price down to a mere $10. 
We have come out with the device at 1,500 rupees [$35] and now we invite individuals, entrepreneurs, firms and industries to produce the device at cheaper rates than this, Sibal told The Business Standard.
So far, there hasn’t been a manufacturer named for this device. Recently, however, OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte sent an open letter to the Indian government expressing his support and offering OLPC technology for the project.—Brian Heater

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