India has released a Rs.1,500 ($35) Laptop / Tablet PC for students and teachers in Schools, Colleges and Universities. The $ 35 laptop was unveiled by Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday.
“Our target is to bring it (the price) down to $ 10 a piece and our research teams are engaged in that project. In the meanwhile, we have developed this low cost access-cum-computing device,” Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters. “Our learners should get it in 2011 and the government will provide a 50 per cent subsidy per computer,” the Minister added.
The computer has been developed by a research team comprising IIT professors and experts from IISc, does not have a hard disc and uses Linux… but it has every function, which a normal computer has, the minister claimed.
Initially it may be manufactured in Taiwan or somewhere else, but ultimately manufactured in India.
Operating System: Linux
Display: Touch Screen
Keyboard: Built in
Connectivity: Wifi, USB
Power: 2 watt.
The laptop is currently not available for sale in the market as the Government has decided to launch it for students in 2011.
If India can give a $2,000 car, a $16 water purifier and $2,000 open-heart surgery, why not a $35 computer?
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