The Aakash Tablet is an inexpensive 7 inch Android tablet designed for use in Indian classrooms. The governent of India partnered with UK-based DataWind to produce a tablet that could be sold for as little as $35.
It’s not a very good tablet. It’s hampered by a slow processor, a resistive touch panel, and horrible battery life. But it’s cheap, and that makes it possible to provide low income students with access to an internet-capable device.
Now the Aakash Tablet, or something like it, could be on its way to the US.
Financial Express reports that an official from Wilco Electronics is in talks with DataWind about the possibility of trying a pilot project in Philadelphia.
Wilco currently works with the Philadelphia Housing Authority to provide cable television and internet service to low income Philadelphians.
If Wilco does work out a deal to bring tablets into the classroom, it wouldn’t be the first time Philadelphia was in the news for making cheap tablets available. The company that owns the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer newspapers is already running a pilot program to sell inexpensive Archos Arnova tablets to Philadelphians at discount prices when residents subscribe to digital editions of the papers.
But Philadelphia isn’t India, and I suspect that students might be more skeptical of cheap Android tablets when sitting in a classroom just a few miles from a Center City Apple Store.
via Good E Reader