NotBornYesterday writes: India has unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011, and eventually, they hope the cost will fall to $10 per unit. India's Human resource development minister Kapil Sibal saying that "The motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything." Using a memory card instead of a hard drive, and running a Linux OS, the designers have managed to keep the price low, and are now looking for manufacturing partners. The tablet can be used for functions like word processing, web browsing and video-conferencing. It has a solar power option too, which is important in India's less developed areas, though that add-on costs extra.
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