Indian Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal has launched a $35 computing device that is targeted on ‘learners’ right from primary schools to universities. The touch-enabled tablet device will eventually drop prices to $20 and subsequently $10, making it ultra-affordable. The Ministry has also begun discussions with global manufacturers to start mass production of arguably the world’s cheapest computer.
Aakash was the world’s cheapest Tablet, but it was bound to fail due to manufacturing delays and incompetency of Indian Government.
After having built World’s cheapest car: Tata Nano, and world’s cheapest Green car: Tata nano EV, India is now all set for another move to make technology affordable for it’s residents.
However, what is coming is not so bad, now that the specs of the device have been updated for good. Aakash 2 has been upgraded from 300Mhz to 800Mhz along with a capacitive screen to Resistive screen. The tablet would be priced at $40 or Rs. 2999.
Aakash 2 Tablet Specifications
- CPU: ARM 800Mhz processor
- GPU: 250Mhz GPU core, accelerated video playback
- Battery: Upto 6 hours of battery life
- Display: Capacitive 7″ screen.
The Indian government hopes it will help improve education and internet access across the country. However, the initial run of the Aakash project was beset by distribution problems. They target the tablet to run not just media but also developer tools for development of Python, c++ and java based apps on it.
IIT-Rajasthan, the nodal agency for the Aakash project, had rejected the tablet for not meeting performance criteria and the project had been shifted to IIT Bombay. Thus, improvements over the original Aakash were made which now has a faster processor speed, improved battery life and a touch screen with better quality resolution.
UK-based DataWind, the company that designed the original tablet, is contracted to deliver 100,000 Aakash-2 tablets to IIT. Bombay, which is spearheading the project.
Aakash 2 would be available soon in early-July.