Sky’s the limit: the world’s cheapest touch-screen tablet

Tony Bates, online learning, distance education resources, Jan 02, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

In a year that was very good for educational technology, Tony Bates says this was one of the best educational technology stories. It's hard to disagree. "Datawind, a relatively small Canadian company based in Montreal, has won an Indian government contract to produce a 7 inch touchscreen tablet named Aakash that costs $52 to manufacture and will sell, with Indian government subsidy, for $35 for universities, colleges and high schools in India. The tablet runs on Google’s Android software." This is of huge significance. "India already has a thriving e-learning software and content development industry. Expect this to take off in the next year or so as universities, colleges and schools start demanding content for the tablets."
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