In a surprising turn of events, the $35 tablet is now back on track with the formal launch event slated to take place on October 5th. The idea of a full fledged tablet device that costs as low as just $35 had made the tablet headlines world wide, though subsequent hiccups in finding a suitable manufacturing partner had led many to doubt if such a low price tag could indeed be translated to reality.
“The computer will be launched next month,” said HRD Minister Kapil Sibal at a function in New Delhi before also adding: “This is not just a dream, it is a reality.”
The tablet is oriented for use by the student community, with that population forming the initial consumer base.
“Soon, a 35 dollar computer will be made available to every child in school. The tablet shall help enhance the quality of learning of children,” said Sibal.
The idea is to make good use of the net to enhance the quality of education and allow them to acquire knowledge that isn’t limited to just within the realms of the classroom or a few textbooks.
There is, however, no information as to what the internals of the tablet are like or what features the tablet would boast. While we shouldn’t be expecting a world of goodness in a device that costs so little, it sure will be interesting to know to what extent the corners have been trimmed to keep prices low. It’s anybody’s guess right now how will the tablet be made available to the students, whether directly from schools and colleges (most likely option) or through a retail chain.
The report also points out the tablet’s name has been readied and would be revealed only on the 5th of October. This casts a doubt if the tablet will still be called Sakshat.
Anyway, the 5th of October isn’t too far away. So let’s keep our fingers crossed that the tablet has quality as well as affordability!