$50 Tablet PC in India
This is the government’s second attempt at launching affordable transportable computing devices. Lots of will keep in mind the government’s promises of a $10 laptop called Sakshat which turned out to be an Web modem & has not seen the light of day. While IE claims the tablets are manufactured by Candian firm Datawind Ltd., Deccan Herald states that it’s been developed by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore & Indian Institute of Know-how (IIT)-Kanpur, Delhi & Jodhpur.
Indian Express as well as a couple of other mainstream media have reported that the Indian government is sourcing low cost tablets by July. The country’s National Mission on Schooling will distribute the devices amongst students. Apparently, each state in India will get 2,000 devices field-tested by July end. The government has said the laptops will be given to undergraduate & postgraduate students in India but offered no further details. According to Deccan Herald, which also has a picture of the tool, the dimensions are 8.9 X 7 inches. Datawind Ltd calls itself a developer of wireless web access products & services. Datawind retails a hand-held tool that weighs 174 grams called Pocket Surfer. However its specifications do not match the ones released by the government. The pricing will be at Rs 2,200, but reports indicate the Central government will subsidise this by 50% more.