Linked by David Adams on Mon 26th Jul 2010 00:44 UTC, submitted by orfanum
Hardware, Embedded Systems India's Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal unveiled a touchscreen tablet that he claims they will be able to produce for just $35. The device is being aimed at students, and seems to be taking the One Laptop Per Child idea and running with it. "Despite the price, users will get a touch-screen, a PDF reader and a webcam for video conferencing. There has been no confirmation of its specifications but reports suggest 2GB of memory, Wi-Fi and Ethernet and power consumption at just 2W. Naturally, the device will run Linux."
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RE: Smells Subsidized
by mjhi11 on Mon 26th Jul 2010 02:25 UTC in reply to "Smells Subsidized"
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There's no doubt that it's "subsidized", if you take a look at the hardware cost breakdown at such sites as Engadget.com there's no way this hardware can be manufactured at those costs. Just the screen exceeds the cost for the whole machine. We "GEOS, GeoWorks, Breadbox Ensemble" fans have been searching long and hard for a low-powered platform where this awesome technology could shine (particularly targeted at low income schools, communities and countries) and time and again realize there's no way to deliver the hardware (AND) software to deliver an under $100 system, props go out to the OLPC folks for even getting within a couple hundred dollars.

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