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$10 Laptop Downgraded By Reality; Now Fancy Storage Device

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the not-that-there's-anything-wrong-with-that dept.

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Ian Lamont writes "The news last week that the Indian government was working on a $10 laptop was too good to be true. It turns out that the project is actually a wireless-enabled storage device, not a laptop." Update: 02/04 21:36 GMT by T : Always-illuminating Liliputing has a short article with a picture of the device.

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But (5, Funny)

0prime (792333) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729807)

I can use it in my lap, right?

Re:But (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26729867)

Hey where is that guy who said he had AIDS in the HIV thread. Did he die already? I am sure that when he dies he is going to go to hell with the rest of the sodomites and get his eternal satan prison rape for all eternity. I don't get it, we let these fags come on here to cry about their perverted life decisions and we mod them up. Well, boys and girls, God will be the ultimate moderator and mod that faggot down to the lowest depths of hell and we'll see how he likes getting it in the ass by the demons down there. They will enjoy having yet another love-slave toy.

Re:But (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730157)

So...Slashdot is your holy text? God is a moderator? Getting "modded down" is like being sent to hell?

That's a pretty fucked up escatalogy, man. So...CmdrTaco is the Father, Timothy is Jesus, and Rob Malda is the Holy Spirit?

Re:But (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730421)

You need dick.

I am so going to hell (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730863)

Given that this is Slashdot, I'd say that "The Father, The Son and The Holy Goatse" were more like it.

Re:I am so going to hell (1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731831)

Now that's Scatology we can believe in.

Re:But (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26729873)

I can use it in my lap, right?

Yes, but not on top.

Re:But (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730057)

"in my lap" is correct. It's meant to be read sort of like "in my lap AREA."

And by wireless-enabled (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26729815)

They mean it has no wires. It's actually an Etch-a-Sketch.

Re:And by wireless-enabled (5, Interesting)

Dreen (1349993) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730147)

More interesting are, going by the photo, 3 cables going out of the device. Any logical reason a wireless storage device would need 3 cables? Or any more than power supply for that matter?

Re:And by wireless-enabled (1)

weirdcrashingnoises (1151951) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730169)

and sometime in the future, wires won't be needed for power either! tho prolly not for 10$...

Re:And by wireless-enabled (1)

ushering05401 (1086795) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731653)

Wires aren't needed for power right now.

If you want any sort of acceptable bleed rate, though, I recommend sticking with the ole copper roots.

Re:And by wireless-enabled (2, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730263)

You have never looked in an Etch-a-Sketch they are wires. well strings/cables

Re:And by wireless-enabled (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730539)

Rats. Strings attached, even on an etch-a-sketch :(

it's okay (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26729825)

the laptop costs $12. For another 3 dollars you can get a hot 16 year old wife.

Re:it's okay (4, Funny)

mewshi_nya (1394329) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729897)

Wives also make good laptops, i hear.

Re:it's okay (3, Funny)

ushering05401 (1086795) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729935)

Plug the vents and they overheat?

Re:it's okay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730255)

also girlfriends, or...your hands.

Re:it's okay (5, Funny)

should_be_linear (779431) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729987)

Wives also make good laptops, i hear.

how the hell we are suppose to know, asshole

Re:it's okay (5, Funny)

sqldr (838964) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731385)

Wives also make good laptops, i hear.

how the hell we are suppose to know, asshole

chloroform

Re:it's okay (5, Funny)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730127)

Wives also make good laptops, i hear.

If they are Japanese made maybe. My North American made model barely fits on the desktop. Also it's loud and doesn't do well in the closet (needs plenty of ventilation.. but that's a whole other issue). Buy american my ass.

I'd upgrade if possible, but with the poor economy that's just not financially feasible at this time. Heck, I can't afford the disposal fee for the current one let alone how much it is to procure a better slimmer model.

Re:it's okay (5, Funny)

chill (34294) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730245)

...doesn't do well in the closet...

Well THERE is your problem. Your wife needs to come out of the closet.

Re:it's okay (1)

Squeeonline (1323439) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731589)

I too would like to upgrade. On my new model, I would like a volume control knob, and a mute button, preferably with a remote control. I'd love a slot loading disc drive. They are tight! Previous model had a problem that stopped me from using the disc drive for about 5days every month. It was always exactly when you wanted to insert a disc there.

If one came with lots of features installed, that would be great as I wouldnt need to by extras every year. However in this case, I just cant opt for an opensource operating system. I had problems with that on my old model as it had lots of bugs and viruses. There were just too many users on the system.

On this one, I'd also be looking for big buttons on the case. I always found my old model hard to turn on.

Re:it's okay (1)

gbarules2999 (1440265) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730739)

See it's stuff like that that really shows you why women simply aren't ready for the desktop.

Re:it's okay (1, Flamebait)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729963)

and in Himachal Pradesh, it's ok to share her with your brothers too

Of course... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26729833)

Any wireless-enabled laptop quickly becomes a pr0n storage device.

Why so expensive? (1)

Falstius (963333) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729871)

SD card slot, Microcontroller chip, Radio chip. Viola, low power, moderate bitrate and range wireless data storage device for $5. Development costs furnished by the Indian tax payers.

bail & switch (5, Funny)

JonTurner (178845) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729957)

Wait a second. What started off as a laptop has devolved into a flash drive with a bluetooth chip & a battery! Another week and it'll be described as a "spiral-bound notebook and a pencil with a string tied to it."

Re:bail & switch (3, Funny)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730183)

Oh, come on, dude!

Ignore the string...it has bluetooth! Bluetooth man!

Failing at funny for 50 years

Re:bail & switch (0)

elmedico27 (931070) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730303)

Then a week later it'll be a P-P-P-PowerBook [zug.com]

Re:bail & switch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730393)

Luxury!

Re:bail & switch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730413)

I'd argue that for education that would be better than a computer in 9 out of 10 situations (the other situation being IT / Computing lessons of course!).

Re:bail & switch (1)

orielbean (936271) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730693)

and you'll need to buy your own paper for the notebook, sorry.

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

TheSeventh (824276) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730059)

So, basically it's one of these:

http://www.eye.fi/ [www.eye.fi]

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730865)

Only less useful, if it's actually a slot.

Take out, plug into slot, and possibly configure a bluetooth device...

Versus, be in range of a wireless access point, then point and shoot.

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730069)

Viola, low power, moderate bitrate and range wireless data storage device for $5. Development costs furnished by the Indian tax payers.

What does string instruments have to do with anything? The word you're looking for is "voila" :P

As for why it's expensive, batteries cost a lot, as do wireless certification and licenses (802.11x or Bluetooth). The SD and microcontroller are the least of their cost concerns.

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

Falstius (963333) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730271)

What does string instruments have to do with anything? The word you're looking for is "voila" :P

Technically it is voila` (can't seem to use the correct accent character).

As for why it's expensive, batteries cost a lot, as do wireless certification and licenses (802.11x or Bluetooth).

All of which are irrelevant for a wall-wart powered device developed by the Indian government using a COTS wireless chip.

Actually, the photo posted in the addendum blog makes it look like this isn't even a wireless device.

Re:Why so expensive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730327)

Technically it is voila` (can't seem to use the correct accent character).

Then technically, you're incorrect.

Re:Why so expensive? (1, Troll)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730349)

I've studied French, I do not believe "voila" has an accent grave on top of the A.

As for the cost... well then... that *is* pretty expensive for an SD card with an RF chip...

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

makapuf (412290) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730455)

yes it does : voilà [wiktionary.org] (use agrave html entity)

well maybe the thread is long and off-topic enough now.

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730511)

I stand corrected :) And will stop derailing the thread...

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730561)

No you don't... ? [wiktionary.org] :)

Re:Why so expensive? (3, Informative)

hldn (1085833) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730769)

voila != voilà

voila is a conjugated form of the french verb voiler. (in the indicatif passé simple if you were interested)
voilà is, in english, an interjection and the intended meaning of the gp.

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731163)

Ah. :)

Keep looking, but you are getting warmer... (-1, Offtopic)

rts008 (812749) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730323)

The word you're looking for is "voila"

Voila [wiktionary.org] : I don't think that word means what you think it does.

ROFLCOPTER!1!!

Maybe you are looking for a viola [wiktionary.org] , perhaps?
*hint: it is a string instrument*

Damn, I love it when a pedantic twit has one blow up in his/her face!!!
Thanks for making my day more amusing than it already was!

Re:Keep looking, but you are getting warmer... (1)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730407)

What are you on? That link only proves my point... he's looking for the interjection, not the musical instrument.

Re:Keep looking, but you are getting warmer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730439)

Damn, I love it when a pedantic twit has one blow up in his/her face!!! Thanks for making my day more amusing than it already was!

Oh the irony

Re:Keep looking, but you are getting warmer... (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730499)

That's exactly what he meant.

"Damn, I love it when a pedantic twit has one blow up in his/her face!!!
Thanks for making my day more amusing than it already was!"

I think it's your face that it is in.

Re:Keep looking, but you are getting warmer... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730583)

Damn, I love it when a pedantic twit has one blow up in his/her face!!!
Thanks for making my day more amusing than it already was!

Your gleeful mockery is the gift that keeps on giving!

Re:Why so expensive? (4, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730105)

SD card slot, Microcontroller chip, Radio chip. Viola, low power, moderate bitrate and range wireless data storage device for $5. Development costs furnished by the Indian tax payers.

Why so expensive? Have you priced violas recently?

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731887)

I am pretty sure there does not exist a viola that is only $5. Even the crappiest models would start at $50, made in Vietnam (for instance).

My ex wife is a viola player. One learns a lot, while married!

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

cyber-vandal (148830) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730229)

How do you connect the viola?

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

Zerth (26112) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730459)

How do you connect the viola?

.

With an acoustic coupler, of course.

Violas are banned in secure facilities because of that, as they can network across the supposedly secure "air gap". /What, like you never played along with your modem's sync tones.

Re:Why so expensive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26731097)

Viola, low power

A viola needs no power, dummy.

Re:Why so expensive? (1)

Samah (729132) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731627)

SD card slot, Microcontroller chip, Radio chip. Viola, low power, moderate bitrate and range wireless data storage device for $5. Development costs furnished by the Indian tax payers.

You get a viola with it? Man those things are expensive! I'll stick to my guitar thanks.

Wireless storage for $10? (1)

xgr3gx (1068984) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729877)

That still sounds pretty cool to me, I'll take 3!

Re:Wireless storage for $10? (4, Informative)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730663)

At a puny capacity of 2GB, you'll have to take three.

oblig. "Get Smart" paraphrase (4, Funny)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729893)

would you believe, a a storage device that plugs into your wireless router for $10? how about, would you believe, a usb dongle that plugs into a laptop that could have wireless, for $10?

Re:oblig. "Get Smart" paraphrase (1)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729933)

Would you believe a piece of tree bark and some chalk?

Re:oblig. "Get Smart" paraphrase (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729977)

Nope.

Sorry about that, Chief.

Re:oblig. "Get Smart" paraphrase (1, Funny)

rob1980 (941751) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729979)

Heh, you said dongle.

Re:oblig. "Get Smart" paraphrase (0, Offtopic)

Clandestine_Blaze (1019274) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730401)

Child: Mammy, why is daddy complaining about a broken dongle?

Mother: I'll tell you when you're older, dear.

Like the NSLU2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26729925)

http://www.nslu2-linux.org/

I'll take one. Needs some sort of display but that can't be too difficult.

Miscommunication on the part of The India Times (5, Funny)

jerralb (44562) | more than 5 years ago | (#26729955)

Did the India Times succumb to economic pressures and outsource their reporting jobs to the US?

Re:Miscommunication on the part of The India Times (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730075)

The next announcement will be that the price was misquoted and is actually $100 (like the laptop in a way).

bonus software (4, Funny)

prgrmr (568806) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730009)

it will include a preinstalled copy of Duke Nukem Forever

Re:bonus software (1)

Smidge207 (1278042) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730101)

You jest, of course, but please never forget computers are wonderful tools and for most subjects students learn at that point in their lives (middle/high school in the US), computers aren't necessary. [zoy.org] Think about the primary subjects - Math, Science, and Literature/Writing - where do you see the benefits in using computers? Obviously for English classes, having access to computers to type papers is handy, but it's hardly necessary. Computers can be used in math to help illustrate concepts, but you don't want the students using computers to do their work, otherwise they won't know how to do it without them. And much of science is math - again, not something you want students using computers for.

=Smidge=

Re:bonus software (1)

ducomputergeek (595742) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730159)

And be compatible with the phantom console!

portable computer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730049)

Didn't the original reports tout this as a "portable computer"? This is still what it appears to be. It was the western media that labeled it a "laptop" and ran with it.

Re:portable computer (2, Informative)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730119)

Re:portable computer (1)

pimpimpim (811140) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730373)

Hmm, being part of the EU makes Hungary pretty western in my book, but YMMV.

Re:portable computer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730969)

Since when is Hungary not western?

Re:portable computer (4, Informative)

Kuukai (865890) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730223)

Didn't the original reports tout this as a "portable computer"? This is still what it appears to be. It was the western media that labeled it a "laptop" and ran with it.

No, they didn't. According to TFA (as well as TFA this is retracting), the Times of India [indiatimes.com] reported that it was a laptop and other news sources picked it up from there. I'm a little curious as to how this left the blog-level and made it to NPR, but the government itself was hyping it as their answer to the $100 laptop, which is clearly not the case.

Bait and switch. (5, Interesting)

anss123 (985305) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730089)

Couldn't they just have said it was a glorified USB mem stick? Why the hoopla? Oh, yeah, no one would have cared otherwise. Smart.

$10? Low ball. (2, Interesting)

pubwvj (1045960) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730093)

Yes, I can see it as possible, in vast mast production, but $10 is a bit ambitious. Still, if any country were going to do it, India with it's semi-socialism, semi-capitalism and very large population is certainly a candidate. It needs to be very simple, no physical buttons, no moving parts, built in solar cell on the back, screen on the front, complete touch interface. Simplify, simplify, simplify. What might be a better idea, is to plan on a cost tag of $100, again with all possible simplification, and then subsidize the cost down to $10 via advertising on the device. Turn all those kiddies into future consumers. With what one asks... $10 is possible, if it's kept simple and there are no middlemen adding to the costs. Products we make get doubled or quadrupled in price before they get to consumers. The wonders of retailing. The real cost of manufacturing is generally about a quarter to a tenth of the price.

Turns out.... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730095)

The project was not a laptop but actually a cob of corn.

Shocking/still not seeing the point. (5, Interesting)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730129)

So, who else is shocked that Team $10 laptop didn't actually have the magic bullet? No hands? Hmm.

Although the new form of the widget is rather fuzzy, I don't think I understand the point. Very low cost computers, designed with the particular attributes of low budget education in mind, are something that hasn't seen much market focus, and are thus a logical target for a special development program. Mass storage, though, has been cheapened and commodified with ruthless efficiency by the mainstream tech market. As have wireless communications mechanisms(GSM is super cheap on the WAN side, and for LAN/PAN you have zigbee, bluetooth, and wifi, depending on your budget). In either case, I'd be shocked if a special charity R&D project could outpace the standard R&D driven by people's desire for cheap gadgets.

Perfectly respectable 2gig USB drives can be had, retail, quantity one, now, for under 10 dollars. If sneakernet isn't good enough, wireless chipsets can also be had for under 10 dollars a unit. What niche, exactly, does this thing fill?

Re:Shocking/still not seeing the point. (4, Insightful)

enos (627034) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730381)

It also doesn't make much sense to have a storage device without a computer to actually make use of it.

Re:Shocking/still not seeing the point. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730395)

What niche, exactly, does this thing fill?

This is the Indian laptop. It's hip, it's new, it's got wires coming out of everywhere that you couldn't even begin to comprehend their purpose.

Just like when they taught us how to plant corn, they will teach us how to make computers...wait... too far?

a wireless enabled storage made ... (0, Offtopic)

porky_pig_jr (129948) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730131)

with cow dung.

Imagine RAID of those!

Liliputing slashdotted (1)

Lookin4Trouble (1112649) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730173)

Maybe they're hosting the article with pictures on one of these $10 laptops? ;)

Anyone see the parallel? (5, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730275)

You know when your company is considering outsourcing something, and the team that's bidding for it all have twenty years experience (in something that's only existed for two and a half weeks, but hey, they're keen! I like a can-do attitude) and actually speak reasonable English?

And then, reality dawns...

Shocked. (5, Funny)

sharkb8 (723587) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730287)

Having worked with outsourced Indian coders, I, for one, am shocked that Indian engineers overpromised, underdelivered, and were overbudget.

Re:Shocked. (1)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730735)

not to mention their English was misunderstood. shocking, I tell you.

Re:Shocked. (1)

Bearhouse (1034238) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731931)

Yup, but they were ISO9000, Six Sigma and CMMi, so it must have been your fault!

Slashdotted, natch. (1)

sootman (158191) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730317)

Evidently it's not suitable for being a webserver, either.

FINALLY! (1)

chill (34294) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730433)

The whole "but does it run Linux" meme is valid!

Cutting through the BS... (2, Interesting)

dubbleenerd (905429) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730531)

I've had my fair share of laughs from this whole turn of events, but giving this some serious thought (after cutting through all the Indian government's political BS), I surmise this will grow into some sort of distribution platform for schools across rural India. Imagine a low-cost, alway-on media server for educational materials that is more current than several-year-old textbooks, and is available to students at virtually no cost (hopefully the government will subsidize the hardware). I would imagine schools might be able to buy a notebook shell type accessory, which has just a display and keyboard. The accessory plugs into this unit (or perhaps connects wirelessly) and can then access all materials available to the educational institution. It cuts the cost of storage and some motherboard electronics from the individual laptops that students can own, making the system viable and inexpensive.

Next-generation C64DTV (1)

hattig (47930) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730547)

The sad thing is that I don't actually think that a $10 computing device (no screen, but wireless and storage) is out of the question.

For example the C64DTV was an entire computer, with flash storage, and ability to attach a keyboard, and they were dirt cheap. There are also the Megadrive/Genesis in a Joypad devices that are cheap and have screens.

Therefore you can make computing devices cheaply, with a TV/VGA output.

Of course what you would do it create something like your typical ARM SoC, connect it to an SD card reader and internal flash, 128MB RAM, etc, and stick it in a small box. Sure, it would be an ARM9 at 100MHz with framebuffer 256 colour graphics outputting to TV or VGA, but that might be ideal for that market. You can probably build a keyboard for a dollar in India as well.

Basically it would be a generic cheap-ass phone without the phone parts, just the CPU, RAM, Flash and necessary interfaces.

Anyone else want one? It would make a neat demo hacking machine :)

Aye. A cup of cold tea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26730585)

Without Milk or sugar.

Or Tea.

Two Gigbytes? (3, Interesting)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730655)

Jeez... I have a Type II CF microdrive that's three times that capacity! Couldn't they just design it to accept any Flash media or microdrives? They're kinda reinventing that wheel again, only less round this time.

Re:Two Gigbytes? (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731297)

Why microdrives? Let us plug a full-size hard drive into the thing.

Re:Two Gigbytes? (2, Insightful)

macraig (621737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731397)

Two possible words: power consumption.

Besides, throwing a "real" fixed disk drive in the thing, even just having to add the electronics and space for one, would probably make the cost of it skyrocket even further. Your suggestion might qualify as feature creep.

Your left one (1)

TheRealJobe (1125771) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730671)

Alright negative Nancy's since your not using them I'd give your left one for a $10 wireless storage unit.

really? (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 5 years ago | (#26730731)

This is like me putting linux on a portable hard drive or USB drive, booting from it while it's connected to another computer, and calling it a laptop just because I can walk around with "my computer" and all my software and file and use it anywhere...as long as there's a computer to plug it into lol.

NES computer? (1)

Dwedit (232252) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731107)

Why does this remind me of the $10 "Educational Computer" which was basically a NES?

Other stories that should have made /. (4, Funny)

podom (139468) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731461)

In other news:

* $100 Car Downgraded By Reality; Now Used Bicycle
* $75 House Now Tent
* $1 GPS System Now Toy Compass from Box of Cracker Jack

It seems to be an ebook reader with storage (1)

abhikhurana (325468) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731563)

Looking at the picture and having read about it on a few outlets, it seems to be a 10"x5" handheld with a small builtin LCD and a micrcontroller which allows the device to go online (don't know how). User can download more content on the device and presumably use the LCD to view it.
So to me it looks like an ebook reader which can then be used to potentially replace expensive books and possibly offer a richer multimedia learning experience to the kids. From that perspective, it may not be that bad an investment and I would dare say, it may be more useful than OLPC in the Indian context.

Sakshat is a Bad Name(TM) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26731637)

I find it way too easy to accidentally say "Sack-shit"

Re: (1)

clint999 (1277046) | more than 5 years ago | (#26731817)

And be compatible with the phantom console!
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