India's ministry for Human Resource Development on Friday unveiled a touchscreen computing device developed by Banglor Indian Institue of Science. The device will cost about US$35, making it the world's cheapest laptop.
The unnamed product is only at the prototype stage of development at the moment, but is intended to be made available to 110 million Indian schoolchildren before anyone else. The tablet has no hard drive but does have a USB port, 2GB of memory, word processing, web browsing and video-conferencing functions.
"The price of the device exhibited today is expected to be around US$35 per piece, gradually dropping down to US$20 and ultimately to US$10 a piece," reads the government's official press release.
Compared to Apples iPad at $500 to $700, this alternative sounds very impressive for thrifty