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$35 Tablet Computer

“The Indian government says its prototype tablet computer will cost only $35, but past attempts at building inexpensive PCs have fallen short.”

“The latest example of frugal Indian innovation is a low-cost handheld computer that the government says will cost only 1,500 rupees (about $35). Kapil Sibal, India’s minister of human resources development (whose portfolio includes education), unveiled it publicly at the end of July, with government officials subsequently saying it will launch in January. The device has attracted attention—and skepticism—because of its remarkably low price. And some Indian government officials will not be satisfied until the price falls to $10. Under the Harvard-educated Sibal…the government of India has embarked on a national mission to improve the quality of education in India.”

“It looks like an iPad, only it’s 1/14th the cost: India has unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011.”

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