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The $10 Laptop: A Myth

What was supposed to be a $10 laptop, unveiled by the government yesterday, has turned out to be nothing of the sort. What is it Really? The devices controversial price and mysterious lack of photos or videos had us doubting its existence and capability. Specifications available of the device offer only a dim picture – a 2 GB onboard memory with Wi-Fi, USB ports and a very economical power consumption of 2 Watts. Previously, Engadget had reported that it also has fixed Ethernet. Processors are costly technology. Over it, adding Wi-Fi capability and an LCD screen would easily overstep the budget for a full fledged laptop. It all sounded like mere hot air. Sakshat is not even a laptop, according to TOI. The device unveiled at Tirupaati was a USB storage device with a 2GB capacity, dimensions of 10x5 inches and a price of $30. Further, it was apparently built by engineering students from Vellore Institute of Technology in collaboration with scientists from the Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT), who have been working on the project for three years, a blogger at ITVoir noted. The Hindu has a photo of the device, here. Price-less Arjun Singh, Union Minister for Human Resources Development, showcased the "laptop" at an unusual location – the Tirupati temple. Ten dollars or Rs 400, is cheaper than the cost of a mobile today. There's some ambiguity regarding the price as well: In July 2008, Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari announced…

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