Earlier this summer we reported on One Laptop per Child’s (OLPC) efforts to create an affordable device able to bring technology into the hands of children in developing nations. Since then news has broken that the humanitarian organization has teamed up with India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to realize this venture across the country. But while OLPC’s initial goal was create a tablet costing just $75, together with the MHRD, the pair is aiming to create a device with a price point of less that half that, ringing in at just $35.
India’s $35 laptop, which has been developed by students and teachers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, Mumbai, Chennai and Kharagpur and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, is currently unnamed, but could easily join the ranks of the iPad and Kindle. Although offered at a cost most of the western world would scoff over, the inventive collegiate team in fact created something not only budget friendly, but incredibly effective. Each laptop has been built on open source technologies and will feature a Web browser, a multimedia player, PDF reader, Wi-Fi connectivity, and video conferencing capabilities. And if the OLPC’s earlier released XO-3 concept (as featured in the image above) is any indication of the aesthetics, these kids could be the proud owners of a sleek piece of green tech just half as thick as an iPhone.
via Linux Pro