After the Indian car manufacturer Tata Motors managed to produce the world’s cheapest car sold for $2500 called the Tata Nano, India was also the one presenting the world’s cheapest touch-screen laptop that costs a maximum $35.
The Indian Human Resource Development Minister, Kapil Sibal, unveiled a prototype touch-screen laptop specially designed for students that costs only 35 dollars, which might be introduced in education institutions from 2011.
The search for a manufacturer already started, and the plan is to bring the price of this low-cost computer to 20 dollars and ultimately 10 dollars, since India continues its efforts to improve education among its 1.2 billion population.
"We have reached a (developmental) stage that today, the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything”, said Kapil Sibal.
Although at this price many might think it lack several elementary features, those Linux-based touch-screen devices will be packed with a internet browsers, 2GB memory, PDF reader, Wi-Fi, Open Office, USB and multimedia content viewers.
The 110 million Indian children whom will benefit from this device, will also have the possibility to incorporate new components when required since the hardware was created with sufficient flexibility.