Picture from The Huffington Post
In one of the first classes, we looked at the Nano, which is sold in India for about $2000 Canadian. Among other Indian low-priced innovations, the $35 tablet has just been released. It is designed as an alternative to the expensive Apple iPad for students who live in poverty.
Like the Nano, this idea sounds great at first, but if you look into it further, it has some potential problems. Of course it will benefit the students as it gives them a resource to research and move forward in the digital world. At the same time, it might not be efficient. With a 3-hour battery life, it can’t be used all the time, and if a small village has no internet access, it might not be useful at all. This product is currently being distributed to be tested among Indian students, and I’m hoping, although slightly skeptically, that it will perform well because it seems like a product that has the potential to enhance education for the underprivileged.