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India’s $35 touch tablet with Android designed by IIT, IISc

To deliver a high-tech learning device that anyone can afford, India’s Human Resource Development Minister, unveiled a prototype for a $35 tablet computer. Minister said “it’s an answer to “hundred dollar laptop” from MIT, which later launched as the One Laptop Per Child project. The sleek-looking device a cross between I-Pad and tablet PC and charged by an equally sleeker solar panel is designed by experts at IIT, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The upper price limit for the device is pegged at $35.

Based on Open Source, the device doesn’t have a hard-drive, includes a touchscreen, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, and USB ports. It cann’t only support video-web conferencing facility, but also boasts several other latest features — multimedia content viewer (pdf, docx, ods, adp, xls, jpeg, gif,png, bmp, odt, zip, AVCHD, AVI, AC3), searchable PDF reader, unzip tool, computing capabilities such as Open Office, SciLab for printing support, media player capable of playing streamed along with stored media files, USB port etc.

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