Friday, August 20, 2010

$35 Computer Brings Connectivity to the Developing World

In 2005 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media lab unveiled a $100 computer targeted towards impoverished children of the developing world. While impressive, India's Human Resource Development Manager, Kapil Sibal, believed that this was too expensive for impoverished people. He turned to students and professors at India's elite technical universities who developed a touch-screen, tablet computer with a price tag of $35. They hope to eventually get the cost down to $10. The tablet, operating on Linux, has a memory card instead of a hard drive. It also has a solar powered add-on and video-conferencing capabilities. India plans to subsidize the cost for students, bringing down the cost to $20. This is part of a wider initiative to bring broadband connectivity throughout India.

- Clara Hill