Negroponte Offers to Collaborate with India on $35 Tablet

Aug 03, 2010

One Laptop Per Child project founder wants to help the country realize their tablet efforts.

Nicholas Negroponte, project founder of One Laptop Per Child, offered to collaborate with India's Ministry of Human Resource Development to realize the country's aspirations for a US$ 35 laptop. OLPC has had a checkered relationship with the MHRD, which initially rejected the OLPC initiative saying, “It would be impossible to justify an expenditure of this scale on a debatable scheme when public funds continue to be in inadequate supply for well-established needs listed in different policy documents," the ministry said.

Negroponte's offer is being viewed by many as an attempt at collaboration, something OLPC has failed to adopt in the past. Negroponte has said that competition would hurt the OLPC initiative, but he now seems more willing to embrace competitors.

India's US$ 35 laptop is currently unnamed. The device was developed by students and teachers at The Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, Mumbai, Chennai and Kharagpur and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. It was built on open source technologies and features a Web browser, a multimedia player, PDF reader, Wi-Fi connectivity, and video conferencing capabilities.

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