India’s $45 tablet to reduce the digital divide?

Aakash (Sky), a low-cost 7 inch Android tablet with internet access, is being touted as a means to bridge the digital divide by India’s Education Ministry. The Indian government will purchase bulk quantities of the tablet for $45 each and give it free to school students for use as a learning device. This follows on the heels of the successful pilot test of the I-Slate, another low-cost education oriented tablet.

Aakash, developed by a UK-based firm, will be assembled in India and will retail at $60 as the UbiSlate. With just a 3 hour battery life and low, this no-thrills tablet has a clear purpose – to bring millions online, in a fast and affordable manner.

The tablet runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and comes with a 7-inch resistive touch screen with 800×480 resolution and weighs 350 gram. The tablet has a 256 MB of RAM, a 32 GB expandable memory slot and two USB ports.

via World’s cheapest tablet launched – The Times of India.

 

First Pictures:  The Aakash, India's $50 Tablet : NDTVGadget.com

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$50 tablet an effective educational tool

An initial year-long study by Rice University (from the US ) and Nanyang Technological University (from Singapore) in India has shown that the I-Slate is an effective educational tool. Currently costing $50, the creators of the single-purpose tablet aim to bring costs down to $30 and make the tablet solar-powered.  This would allow its use by primary school children in places with no electricity, helping increase literacy rates and social upliftment.