Saturday, July 24, 2010

$35 Tablet Computer

The Indian government just announced their development of a $35 tablet computer. They are currently looking for a manufacturer to produce the device. The tablet, built on the Linux operating system, is designed for web browsing, word processing, and video conferencing. In many ways it is similar to MIT's $100 laptop project (which is also developing a tablet machine), cheap computing designed for mass consumption in mostly rural areas. There is no word on the device's capabilities for Apps, which could limit its long term usefulness. As should be expected, this initiative is tied to a comprehensive broadband upgrade, without which the device would be relatively useless. Of particular note, the government's goal is to eventually drive the cost down to $10 per device, which would be quite impressive.

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