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India showcases low-cost laptop to bridge digital divide

BANGALORE: A novel version of the laptop, built by India's premier science and technology institutes and to be priced between Rs.500-1,000 (approx. $10-20), was showcased Tuesday in Tirupati town. The low-cost device, developed jointly by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, for the human resource development (HRD) ministry, is aimed at bridging the digital divide and making access to computer literacy affordable to the masses. Demonstrating the laptop in presence of HRD Minister Arjun Singh and experts in the Venkateshwara University campus, Education Joint Secretary S.K. Sinha said the low-power consuming gadget would hit the market in the next six months. %u201CThe device, which is smaller than the normal laptop in size and weight, still needs fine-tuning. With 2GB (gigabit) memory and wireless internet connection, the laptop will be priced between Rs.500-1,000 to make it affordable to everyone,%u201D Sinha said.
India showcases low-cost laptop to bridge digital divide- Hardware-Infotech-The Economic Times