Internets For Everyone!: India's $35 Tablets

October 6, 2011


Seen here proving you can't make a $35 computer with a glare-free screen, a group of students show off their new Aakash computers. The Aakash was designed to put basic word processing and internet/email access into the hands of more than 220-million of India's children. AMBITIOUS PROJECT IS AMBITIOUS.

The specs have changed somewhat; most significantly, the original Linux OS has been replaced by Android 2.2 Froyo. The seven inch resistive touch screen has 800 x 480 resolution, driven by a 366-MHz co-processor with 256-MB of RAM and 32-GB of flash memory. That isn't exactly going to embarrass your iPad 2, but it should help millions of people to get online for the first time.

The computers are actually manufactured for around $50, but the government is subsidizing about $15 to make them even more accessible. Impressive, India, but you know what would make them even MORE accessible? Wheelchair ramps. "You're actually retarded, GW, you know that?" Yes.

India launches the $35 Aakash tablet [dvice]

Thanks to Peter, who claims he made a $20 wrist-mounted computer. Um, Peter? That's a Speak & Spell taped to your arm. And to Adrian J., who superglued his.

  • lindazbn

    The different versions of the Android operating system available on smartphones and tablets can make the job of an Android application developer difficult. Android phones might run Android version 2.1, 2.2 or 2.3, and the Android 3.0 tablet operating system has multiple versions as well. The Android Software Development Kit, or SDK, includes a computer-based Android emulator that lets you load an Android Virtual Device for any Android version and sample the features or test your application.

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