India Announces $35 Tablet Computer to Help Lift Villagers out of Poverty

India Announces $35 Tablet Computer to Help Lift Villagers out of Poverty

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India official launches supercheap tablet computerIndia introduced a cheap tablet computer Wednesday, saying it would deliver modern technology to the countryside to help lift villagers out of poverty.

At $35-$45, the computer, called Aakash, or “sky” in Hindi, is the latest in a series of “world’s cheapest” innovations in India that include a $2,040 compact Nano car, a $15 water purifier and $2,000 open-heart surgery.

Developer Datawind is selling the tablets to the government for about $45 each, and subsidies will reduce that to $35 for students and teachers.

(READ the AP story in the Washington Post)

COMMENTS

  1. In many ways I would personally put this above Apple’s innovations. Apple persuades us to buy technology while it is still costly to produce. If we wait a few years it takes a lot less of the world’s resources. Even . That’s why I think innovations like this are the best there are. It’s great news to see plenty of them. Helping those that really need it, compared to them we are all very rich indeed ,and need to count our blessings.