Am I excited? Hell ya. You don’t get anything for $10. Not even a mobile. A computer for $10 that is some serious progress. Desktop, laptop, netbook and now a $10 laptop. What do you call it?
We have blogged about this $10 laptop wayÂ back in 2007. Nothing has happened since then. Now it surfaced back and the deadline is less than 6 months. Technology for these devices is provided by IISC Bangalore and IIT Madras.Â The computers are being tested right now to make them commercially viable.
Computer will be a small package with expandable memory, LAN and wi-fi facilities. No other details like the RAM or the operating system are provided. But considering the low memory footprint of the device I am guessing it would be a variant of Linux and derives much of its information from the Internet.
There are 3 trends here:
- The computing is getting cheaper which is pushing both the hardware and software. This is a godsend for the open source and Linux especially.
- The connectivity and dependence on the Internet. There has been a lot of buzz around the web operating systems and this low cost computer with a very low memory is just one more step closer to that.
- All the systems from now on will be wi-fi enabled.
I just blogged about how farmers can activate a pump-set from a remote location by just calling on a mobile. Now, this is targeting at the grassroots level. The children. A computer in the hands of children can make wonders. These $10 laptops will be equipped with e-content material which will enable the goal of a Virtual Technological University.Â (source)
We sure are living in exciting times.
PS: This comes as an anti-climax for my India vs China Innovation post.