India launched a tablet computer that is touted as the cheapest in the world, with a subsidized price of only 35 U.S. dollars. Tablets will be sold to students for the expanding digital access in the country.
For the initial stage, the computer named Aakash, which means the sky, this will be produced as many as 100,000 units. Only in a few months later the amount will be increased availability of the millions of units.
"Immediately, the computer 35 dollars (U.S.) will be available to every child in school. This tablet computer will help the quality of learning in children," said Minister of Telecommunications and Education India Kapil Sibal.
Aakash developed over two years by a British company, DataWind, with Google's Android operating system. The device is equipped with wireless Internet connection capabilities.
Through this project the government wanted to realize the application of information technology in education, although not denying many critics who doubted the ability of the tool is worth 1750 rupees.
"The tablet cheap usually can not even use," said Rajat Agrawal, Executive Editor BGR India. "The device is usually not equipped with touch screen are nice and usually very slow."
Bharat Mehra, an expert in the use of communication technology in development, argue that the tablet computer this cheap can be used for distance learning antarsiswa in rural areas ...
Source : tekno.kompas