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Information Technology for Business
Topic: The Common Man’s Laptop
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Features of the Laptop
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  1. 1. Christ University Information Technology for Business Topic: The Common Man’s Laptop By Kushal S S (08D0062) V Semester B.com “A” _____________________________________________________________________________________ July 22nd 2010 India on Thursday unveiled a prototype tablet computer that would sell for a mere 1,500 rupees, or $35, with the price possibly dropping even further as R&D efforts continue. Kapil Sibal, the country's Minister for Human Resource Development, showed off the super- cheap touch-screen device in New Delhi as part of a push to provide high-quality education to students across the country. The tablet also comes with a solar-power option that could make it more feasible for rural areas. Who are happy? Everybody in the country is happy about this as technology is being made affordable to the common man. The students are the happiest as this emerged from a student project with a bill of material adding up to $47, a price that the minister wants to bring down to $10 "to take forward inclusive education"
  2. 2. Features of the Laptop The Linux-based computer at first glance resembles an Apple iPad and features basic functions you'd expect to see in a tablet- a Web browser, multimedia player, PDF reader, Wi-Fi, and video conferencing ability. It has 2GB of RAM (but no hard disk, instead using a memory card) and USB ports and could be available to kids from primary school up to the university level as early as next year. Students from several branches of the Indian Institute of Technology co-designed motherboards for the computer, which the ministry would like to see dropping to $20 and possibly getting as low as $10. Challenges While the extremely low price of India's newly unveiled tablet is generating much hoopla, the gadget still faces hurdles before it lands in the public's hands. "This is just a prototype," education expert Zubin Malhotra told. "We need to find people who will be able to manufacture these devices at these price points and continue to develop them going forward." The Bigger Vision The tablet is part of a larger initiative aimed at improving India's educational system through technology. Technology always has the capacity to create and destroy things. This vision of lifting the barriers that comes between a common man & technology can be removed and make the country a better place to live. THANK YOU

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