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Indian government wants to build $35 tablet

Posted on Friday, July 23 2010 @ 22:23:10 CEST by


India has developed a prototype of a $35 tablet for students, the device features a touchscreen and runs the Linux operating system. The government hopes to bring the device into production by 2011, and believes the price of the tablet could be cut to $10 eventually.
It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India has unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011.

If the government can find a manufacturer, the Linux operating system-based computer would be the latest in a string of "world's cheapest" innovations to hit the market out of India, which is home to the 100,000 rupee ($2,127) compact Nano car, the 749 rupees ($16) water purifier and the $2,000 open-heart surgery.

The tablet can be used for functions like word processing, web browsing and video-conferencing. It has a solar power option too — important for India's energy-starved hinterlands — though that add-on costs extra.
More info at AP.


 



 

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