What happens when you make it possible for millions of people to reach the Internet in a portable way? How many entrepreneurs could be unleashed by such an action?
The world is about to find out – todays exciting news was that India has announced the worlds most inexpensive tablet computer.
The specs for the $35 tablet :
It has a 7-inch resistive touchscreen. There is just one face button, which is essentially the home button. That’s it. No menu, volume rocker or back button. Press and hold the home button and you have the menu option. In terms of connectivity, the device has support for two full sized USB ports and a micro SD card slot along with a headphone jack and the DC in port. The only similarity is the OS. The prototype ran on android 2.1 and the final version runs on 2.2. The video out has been removed. We were given no under the hood hardware specs for the prototype we do have them for the final build. It has a 366MHz processor with a dedicated HD video processor and 2GB on board flash storage. The device has the capability to play full HD videos at 1080p. We saw a few HD YouTube videos on the device and they ran absolutely smoothly, without any hiccups. The battery on the other hand is a bit underwhelming. The ministry claims that at 2100mAh, the device will last for about 1.5 to 2 hours if used to watch videos. If used averagely, the device will last for about 3 hours. That’s a short span as the device wouldn’t last an entire school day and students will need to visit a charging station every two hours.
Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/technology/$50-tablet-from-prototype-to-reality-138778?pfrom=home-lateststories&cp
I mentioned the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) effort back in this post. Give access to educational materials and business opportunities to millions of under-privileged people and there will be big changes that come out of this…not could be big changes…but there will be big changes.