India plans to produce a laptop for US$10February 4th, 2009 - 3:48 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
India plans to produce a laptop costing US$10, in a bid, in order, to improve the skills of millions of students across the country. The notebooks will be mass-produced as part of a government-sponsored education scheme launched earlier this week, in the southern city of Tirupati.
Details about the computer remain scarce, revealed that the laptops will be available within six months.
The laptop is reportedly said to have a two gigabyte memory and wireless Internet capability. The officials have not publicly demonstrated a prototype even have to explain how will it be able produced at such a low cost.
The government has earmarked more than 46 billion rupees in order to develop the low-power gadget to work in rural areas with unreliable power supply and poor Internet connectivity.
The planned laptop is part of a push to increase the number of students in higher education and give them the technological skills needed to further boost India’s economic growth.
New Delhi rebuffed a previous attempt to bring cheap laptops to India, led by MIT computer scientist Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child programme. The government cited hidden costs for its rejection of that computer, which was dubbed the US$100 laptop.
- Power-starved Punjab goes for 'green computing' - Feb 28, 2011
- Wipro unveils slimmest ultrabook for Indian market - Feb 21, 2012
- Innoz bags MIT award for telecommunication - Apr 04, 2011
- India launches cheapest tablet computing device - Oct 05, 2011
- Mini-laptop market to shrink by 40 mn in 2012 - Dec 08, 2011
- Google Chrome Notebook CR-48 Creates Sensation - Dec 24, 2010
- India unveils $30 laptop - Jul 22, 2010
- Smartphones to have computing power of desktops - Jul 17, 2012
- Intel ships new Atom processors to PC makers - Dec 29, 2011
- Why India's $35 computer joke isn't funny (Comment) - Jul 25, 2010
- Minister calls for developing laptop for $10 - Aug 25, 2009
- 'Smart' wallets to tell you when you are low on cash - Dec 08, 2010
- Samsung launches ultra notebook series in India - Feb 23, 2012
- Soon, you'll be able to surf the web at the speed of light! - Mar 02, 2010
- MCD schools see rise in nursery students - Jan 14, 2012
Tags: cheap laptops, computer scientist, economic growth, education scheme, gadget, gigabyte memory, higher education, internet capability, internet connectivity, New Delhi, nicholas negroponte, poor internet, power supply, prototype, rejection, rupees, rural areas, sponsored education, technological skills, wireless internet