$40 Tablet

by Larry Richman on December 29, 2012

A 7″ tablet computer is being purchased for schools in India. It is multi-touch and has a camera, microphone, and speakers.

It costs $40. The government of India will subsidize half of the cost, making it available to students for roughly $20. It’s part of the Indian government’s commitment to equip all 220 million students in the country with low-cost computing devices and Internet access over the next 5 years.

It’s amazing to see countries leap-frog on technology. While many in India are on par with first-world countries on access to technology, many of their students have not worked with computers much, if at all. Now they will have access to tablets and the Internet. Imagine the opportunity that is opening up for them to learn!

Read more detail about the specifications and price.

Imagine opening up an opportunity for members of the Church around the world–especially in less-developed countries. Imagine loading the scriptures, Church publications, videos, and study resources on a device and making it available to members for a very low cost.

The tablet could be configured to connect with the WiFi in meetinghouses so when you enter the building on Sundays, it automatically downloads the latest Church publications, videos, magazines, and news.

Every week, members would have access to all this material as soon as it is available digitally–with no delays associated with printing and shipping.

What do you think? Please give your suggestions, concerns, and comments below.

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Howard December 29, 2012 at 9:32 am

Love it!

Larry Richman December 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm
Michael Kartchner December 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I believe this would be a great tool, but our meeting housing are severely lacking in up to date equipment to be able to run current standards.

Rick Graham December 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I think developers are missing the boat with these tablets and GOOD Genealogy apps. Since I have Macs at home and iPads, we use Mac Family Tree Mobile. It is pretty good, but wouldn’t it be nice if the church started developing (or re-developing) programs like PAF for mobile devices. Carrying your family History as well as a complete library of scriptures, Ward membership, etc. is a true blessing. All of that on a device less than an inch thick.

Rick Graham December 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I think developers are missing the boat with these tablets and GOOD Genealogy apps. Since I have Macs at home and iPads, we use Mac Family Tree Mobile. It is pretty good, but wouldn’t it be nice if the church started developing (or re-developing) programs like PAF for mobile devices. Carrying your family History as well as a complete library of scriptures, Ward membership, etc. is a true blessing. All of that on a device less than an inch thick.

Ion Baragan December 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Greetings and blessings from Mioritza’s realm!!! And for Church members, why only to imagine this and not to be/make it possible indeed! I’m sure it would be a new opportunity for Church members to share their talents! I already use LDS Gospel Library on my android Samsung Galaxy Y! How could I help? Thank you! May GOD bless you to have uplifting days of progress, peaceful and fruitful!!!

Spencer Smyth December 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Fantastic idea!

Tom Kemp January 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Then ask if they might pay it forward – by using the camera feature on the tablet to photograph 25 (or more) cemetery stones in the town where they live.

Then put each photo up – individually on Scribd.com or other (non-genealogy) free sites – making them instantly available to researchers, world-wide – forever.

Ask them to label each photo with the name of the deceased – using whatever language was inscribed on the stone.

Imagine if 220 million students did that for the cemeteries in India – capturing for example the images/data for the many hundreds of thousands of expats/soldiers that died and are buried in India. If locals do not use cemetery stones the way we do here – then have them tackle the corresponding memorials that are created.

India – Philippines – South America – the possibilities are endless.

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