02. 04. 2009
India to develop the world's cheapest laptop in 6 months
The last thing that you thought was that your $10 could let you go as far as a laptop. Well heck, it is true. The creative genius unleashed by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai has apparently given birth to a revolutionary laptop prototype that is going to cost you - as little as an item on your weekly grocery bill.
The laptop prototype, currently in the testing phase, is targeted at students and will sport Wi-Fi, LAN and expandable memory. Which happens to be the only scant details provided as of now. Official sources from the HRD Ministry say that the Indian government plans to provide these laptops to educational institutions at a subsidized price.
After all the years of uncertanity on whether such a machine can really be manufactured (the OLPC XO-laptop itself is currently at $188 from its planned $100 tag), placing a deadline on commercializing the $10 laptop seems a bit lofty. Or not - is what we will know in 6 months time.
Image : XO laptop.
Latest update : The Times of India reports that the laptop will support 2GB RAM. Perhaps to put cynical minds to rest, the prototype is being displayed on February 3rd at Tirupati.