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India has developed a touchscreen computing device which will cost only $35. India’s Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said, “We have reached a (developmental) stage that today; the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything”. He added that this device should be available to consumers sometime in 2011. The device hardware information is yet to be released but the device looks like sporting a 7-inch touchscreen. On the software front, it sports a web browser, PDF reader, office software, media player, multimedia input/output capabilities, video conferencing, camera and remote device management capability and as a icing on the cake it is open-source and runs a specially developed version of Linux code.
The device was developed by research teams at India’s premier technological institutes, the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science.