India has launched a low cost access-cum-computing device for learners and teachers which would be made available through educational institutions by 2011.
“The price of the device is expected to be around $35 (Rs. 1,500), gradually dropping down to $20 and ultimately $10 per piece,” Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said, while unveiling the device here.
Since this effort of continuous reduction in price and enhancement in capabilities would require a constant endeavour for research and development, Indian Institutes of Technology and other technical institutions are setting up research teams to cover a wide range of issues in achieving the ultimate goal in terms of price and quality, the Minister said.
Low-cost computer features:
1. Internet browsing with flash plug-in.
2. Multimedia Content Viewer.
3. Searchable PDF reader.
4. Media player capable.
5. Embedded webcam.
6. Wireless communication for audio/video input and output.
7. Support for video web conferencing facility.
8. Remote device management capability.
9. Cloud computing option.
10. Possibility of installing suitable firmware up gradation.