Low-Cost Tablet PC in the Philippines, $70 for Students?

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It has been reported that the Philippine government is working on a low-cost tablet computer which will only cost around 3,000 pesos or approximately 70 USD.
The project will address the concerns for students, in which heavy textbooks will be replaced with a lighter and portable device.

“This is education in the future: no more heavy textbooks for our hapless school kids. Basically, we really should replace the books,” said Science and Technology secretary Mario Montejo.

Giving the fact that we are now on the new era of technology, this project will somehow paves the way in making Filipino students more competent in the field of science and technology.

Some websites says that it’s the Philippines who will develop the device. Technically speaking, with all the resources we have – I think it’s most unlikely that the government need to invest for it, just think of the research and development costs. Instead, tying up with other countries that already had similar devices at release-to-manufacturing (RTM) stage could be a better move. It could be possible to tie up with India which already had announced that its $35 laptop will be available by January 2011; or the government will collaborate with non-profit organizations such as the One Laptop per Child Association, Inc.

Though we only got partial information on this $70-tablet PC for Filipino students, we will just wait for more details on the workaround of this project. Surely, I will let you know. So just stay tuned for more updates!

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