New York: Just days after President Pranab Mukherjee launched the Aakash 2 tablet, it's now got international appeal. It has now been launched by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations. There was much applause for India's innovation and what's been seen as a game changer.
Indian ambassador Hardeep Puri said, "Using the Aakash 2, children in remote schools will have access to world class facilities." The USP is the low cost, priced at $ 40 or Rs 2,200 and to be made available to an estimated 220 million students for free. But the tablet itself is not without controversy with allegations that it was sourced from Chinese companies.
Datawind CEO Suneet Tuli said, "The idea and innovation is Indian, final assembling is in India. One report says only embellishing is done in India. Ask Apple and Microsoft what that means."
The ambassadors at the UN got their own tablets, according to what PR Hardeep Puri has said. Questions are being fielded on what the ideal was. Tuli said it was to tackle illiteracy and is hoping to see other countries get on board. ...more
09:10 AM, Nov 29, 2012
New Delhi: Datawind in association with the HRD Ministry has launched Aakash 2 - the new version of India's low-cost tablet Aakash, which was trashed by both users and reviewers for its poor performance. The new Aakash 2 tablet is available at a subsidised price of Rs 1,130 for Indian students, while Datawind is delivering the tablet to the HRD Ministry at Rs 2,263. Compared to the previous version of...
02:53 PM, Nov 11, 2012