Aakash 2 tablet: Workshop held for mediapersons

Aakash 2 tablet: Workshop held for mediapersons New Delhi: A workshop was organised exclusively for mediapersons here on Wednesday to familiarise them with Aakash 2 tablet and disseminate information about its educational and other applications.

A six-member Team 'Aakash' from IIT-Bombay interacted with the media, giving journalists opportunity to have a hands-on experience of the tablet.

The team also operated an indigenously built robot using Aakash 2 tablet.

Aakash 2, widely reported as a giant leap in the country's efforts to bridge the digital divide, is India's low-priced access-cum-computing tablet.

"It is a unique device, a first-of-its-kind in the world. There is no other device that offers so much functionality at such a low cost," an HRD Ministry spokesperson said.

Aakash 2 is an upgrade avtaar of its earlier version unveiled in July, 2010. The new specifications include upgraded RAM of 512 MB, a 1 GHz processor and an operating system upgrade from Android 2.2 to 4.0.

A large number of educational applications have been developed and ported on Aakash 2 by teams led by IIT-Bombay.

These include the ability to program (in various languages), read text books on an e-book reader, 'Spoken Tutorials' and many other applications. This unique device is meant for students across India.

"Using this device, and the connectivity also provided under this Mission, learners will be able to access all the thousands of items of content available on the Sakshat portal and other educational websites," an official said.

There is also a Virtual Labs project. Two types of Virtual Labs have been created - Simulation and Remote Triggered Labs.

"The idea is to provide distant-access to labs in various disciplines of Science and Engineering," the official added.

PTI