Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Oct 2011 20:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35. Costing a fraction of Apple's iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students. It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform. Officials hope the computer will give digital access to students in small towns and villages across India, which lags behind its rivals in connectivity."
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RE[2]: Comment by error32
by zima on Tue 11th Oct 2011 05:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by error32"
zima
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See the Tata Nano microcar for another example. Only about 79,000 in total have been sold rather than the anticipated multi-million unit sales.

That could be not an entirely bad thing, if it points to some bigger trends.

It would be a bit sad if so called "developing world" mostly just repeated the mistakes of spiralling out of control dependency on cars - initially wound up by first small steps in eliminating the alternatives and planning human settlements around the requirements of cars, not people. Which in turn leads to cars being more required to function in a given place, their greater numbers, which leads to second steps... and so on.

Leading to http://www.kyon.pl/img/18980,car,bus,traffic,.html (not the only negative of course)

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