Friday, July 23, 2010

High Tech from the East



Behold, the Indian prototype for Sakshat, a somewhat obscene-in-English-sounding name that means, I gather, "Before your eyes."

From Geek.com: "The device was unveiled by India’s Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal. It is expected to become available in India next year targeting students. To begin with it will cost $30 and be manufactured elsewhere, but the aim is to get the price down to $10 and have all manufacturing done in India.

The device itself has a 10″ touchscreen 2GB of RAM, a USB port, and Wi-Fi built-in. It runs a Linux-based OS and bundled software includes OpenOffice, a PDF reader, web browser, media player, and video conferencing app. Power will partially come from solar panels mounted to the case."

Watch out, Apple -- Shiva is coming up behind you ...

1 comment:

Michael Bourgon said...

Looks quite a bit like the Marvel "college tablet" they were showing off last year. Which means it should sell for about 100-150 stateside. Question is, will the specs run the software well (or, to use a Jobs-ism, "provide a great experience")? And, for $100-150, does it matter? It looked interesting when they first showed it off. But let's see final hardware before you start promising that price tag.