Buy A 10 inch netbook at just INR6000, seems mouth watering?? Well obviously, it is. IIT Bombay has made it possible by creating world’s cheapest netbook, which is going to be unveiled in second week of February.
“We wanted a device that would make it easy for people to ‘create’ information. The netbook was born out of this desire,” says Kannan Moudgalya, a professor at IIT Bombay. He further explains, “while a tablet is useful to retrieve information, a netbook can create it, through processes such as programming and data entry”
According to TOI, The netbook was conceived during the institute’s work with the low-cost Akash tablet. The IIT Bombay team has worked on designing the netbook’s specifications besides creating the OS image and the accompanying software bundle.
The project started with an aim of understanding and developing a netbook that can help student buy gadget at much lower than current prices. The team at IIT Bombay set a benchmark to have a fully functional keyboard instead of virtual keyboard,large battery capacity, a comprehensively larger screen size compared to a 7-inch screen on a tablet, sufficient memory and storage and all other necessary features without adding on price part.
“One of the mandates of the low-cost tablet project was to continue to do research and development on affordable access-cum-computing devices,” says Moudgalya. “We put in a lot of effort to arrive at specifications for the hardware — trying out various machines available in the market, working with different design specifications, and then looking for manufacturers through a tender process,” narrates Moudgalya.
IIT Bombay plans to lend these netbooks to all first year BTech students at the institute who have to undergo an introductory programming course, CS 101. Out of nearly 450 students who are taking this course in the current semester, close to 100 do not have their own laptops.