Geodesic, the digital messaging and content solutions company plans to launch an educational device, which it says will have two-screens – one, an E-Ink screen (like that of the Kindle, without a backlight), and another, a multi-touch capable screen. The device will allow students to download textbooks and reference books, log on to the Internet, connect to a college or school’s online education system and use it during classroom teaching for taking professor notes or recording classroom lectures.
Speaking on the company’s earnings call, Kiran Kulkarni, co-founder and MD of Geodesic, revealed that the device will have two operating systems, a Linux based one for parental control, for smaller kids, and an Android based one for access to Android apps. So it appears that the device will come in two variants. He also added that the content will be hosted remotely (in the cloud), and will be available even if the device gets lost.
The company is working on both institutional as well as retail modes of sale. It considers institutional sales interesting, since it is capable of generating bulk sales through private and government universities and institutions. The company says that the retail launch will be made available to a smaller audience initially. According to Geodesic, the device has already gone through multiple rounds of alpha testing and beta testing, and the company intends to launch it within this fiscal.
Readers might recall that Geodesic was the company that bought the Simputer, and then later launched the GeoAmida e-governance device for verification of disbursements.
Other Education Tablets & Devices
– Educomp and others have also tested waters with various devices, and is providing content to Zeebo
– Indian government fabled tablet: And not to forget, the elusive $35 Android tablet, from the Government of India, which has yet to see the light of the day. Do you think it makes sense for Geodesic to get into devices, when it could have offered a suite of applications for tablets? Or maybe it’s looking at some fresh funding.