Sakshat (साक्षात्), the low cost full functioning computer tablet made by India is all ready to distribute to IIT Rajashthan this June. Yes you heard me right, after all the official procedures and canceled tender episode, Government announced that they will ship the 1st 10,000 units to IIT Rajasthan by this June.
More good news are there, by next four months 90,000 more units will be available @ Rs. 2,200/ per Tablet and students can buy it for extra 50% off i.e. Rs.1,100/. No tablet is available in market at this price range with all these features in it.
This ambitious project of Indian Government was scheduled on 2011 after the Rs. 500/$10 project failed (link). This is an initiative to bridge the digital divide. This Rs.2,200/$35 Tablet is developed by Indian Institute of Science (IIS) & Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and manufactured by HCL (read some where) .
Features may have …
- 7 inch touchscreen
- 2 USB port
- 32 GB HD
- 2 GB RAM
- Inbuilt keyboard
- video conferencing facility
- multimedia content
- Linux OS (could be Android)
- Open Office
- Internet browsing
I’ve searched http://www.sakshat.ac.in/, IIT & IIS sites to have the product details and I’ve some how failed once again to find it from those non-user-friendly websites. I have found one YouTube video by NDTV describing the product, here it is…
Hope all ends well this time and it comes out as a 100% successful product. Stay tuned to know the users experience.
SAKSHAT is no more called SAKSHAT, now it will be called AAKASH. As far I came to know, HCL Infosystems is not working on it any more, now it will be jointly developed by the London-based company DataWind with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and manufactured by a India-based company Quad, at a new production centre in Hyderabad.
So I’m not going to update this post any longer soon, before it is a reality!