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Where Amazing Happens – India. Tablet Computer For $35!

Posted in ideas, Media, web by aldorf on July 24, 2010

(photo: ap)

India’s Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal this week unveiled the low-cost computing device that is designed for students, saying his department had started talks with global manufacturers to start mass production to launch in 2011.

They actually plan to subsidize the cost of the tablet for its students, to bring the purchase price down to around $20.

“This is our answer to MIT’s $100 computer,” Kapil Sibal told the Economic Times when he unveiled the device Thursday.

In 2005, Nicholas Negroponte — co-founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab — unveiled a prototype of a $100 laptop for children in the developing world. India rejected that as too expensive and embarked on a multiyear effort to develop a cheaper option of its own.

If the government can find a manufacturer, the Linux operatingsystem-based computer would be the latest in a string of “world’s cheapest” innovations to hit the market out of India, which is home to the 100,000 rupee ($2,127) compact Nano car, the 749 rupees ($16) water purifier and the $2,000 open-heart surgery.

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