The Indian government has unveiled a prototype tablet PC system which it claims will cost just $35 (£22).
Kapil Sibal, the country's minister for human resources development, said that the tablet system will connect with local universities in an effort to expand web access and improve education.
The tablet is reported to run on a version of Linux, and will feature 2GB of RAM and Wi-Fi connectivity. Among the software said to be included is a web browser and PDF file viewer.
The Indian government said that the system will initially cost $35, although the eventual goal is to drop this to $10 (£6.45).
A number of campuses belonging to the India Institute for Technology have been enlisted to help research ways to improve the system and lower the cost.
The efforts are the latest to address the issue of providing computing tools and internet access to impoverished communities in rural areas and developing countries.
Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child campaign has been the most visible of these initiatives so far. The organisation currently offers the $199 (£128) X1 notebook system, and plans to unveil a $75 (£48) prototype tablet at CES next year.
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