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US$45 ‘Made in Singapore’ tablets make their way to Indian schools

Zafar Anjum | March 20, 2012
Some 50,000 of these devices, called I-slates, will be used by 10- to 13-year-old pupils over the next three years in Mahabubnagar District in Andhra Pradesh, according to a report.

Looks like a Singapore-made low cost tablet has pipped India's Aakash to post. While Aakash, India's low cost tablet, is still embroiled in manufacturing controversies, a new device from Singapore is on its way to some Indian school kids.

According to a report in The Straits Times today, thousands of young schoolchildren in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh state will be using a low-cost electronic educational tablet developed in Singapore.

They will be using it from June this year when schools reopen after summer holidays.

The tablet is called the I-slate. According to the report, it took the Rice-NTU Institute for Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics (Isaid) in Singapore about two years to develop the device. The institute is jointly set up by Singapore's Nanyang Technological University and Houston's Rice University.

Some 50,000 of these devices, each costing about US$45 (S$57), will be used by 10- to 13-year-old pupils over the next three years in Mahabubnagar District in Andhra Pradesh, the report said quoting state officials and the people involved in the project.

The I-slate is a stripped-down version of a tablet and could be a replacement for the widely used chalkboard. It is optimised to do one thing very well, that is, it is an interactive vehicle for education for children, said the man behind the I-slate, Professor Krishna Palem.

 

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