IIT Bombay along with the Ministry of Human Resource Development has developed Aakash tablets for educational purpose. Honorable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee launced the new version of Aakash Tablet, Akash 2.0 on the occasion of National Education Day held at Delhi. The National Mission on Education using ICT (NME-ICT) envisages that these tablets should be deployed for empowering the students and teachers of the country. The tablets are expected to be deployed in more number for academic and research activities in educational environment.
Aakash 2.0 is a complete educational purpose tablet and not designed with hi-fi configurations. Aakash 2.0 includes 3D-modelling, C++ programming, remote and collaborative training applications, robotic control and live assessment tools. IIT Bombay has partnered with the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), to assist with the hardware testing and logistics. Aakash is now available in an enhanced version (Aakash-2) of the original tablet with 7 inch multi-touch 4-point capacitive display and 800×480 pixel resolution. It hasa 1 GHz processor, 512 MB memory, 4GB portioned NAND flash and mirco SD card slot which can extend upto 32 GB memory and It runs the Android 4.0 Operating System.
Aakash 2.0 can be operated with Wi-Fi which enables the students with easy internet connections. It is also equipped with USB slots in which one can use internet modems provided by different network providers. Aakash 2.0 is not equipped with third generation facilities. So, one cannot use this tablet for video calling or high speed internet. Akaksh 2.0 is featured in such a way that it is best suited for educational purpose, not for commercial use. Future versions of the tablet will continue to have further enhancements.
The tablet also includes Mango learning solutions for game-based educational modules, interactive smart books and the full CBSE curriculum and assessment tools. Intelligia finger tracing apps have also been included to teach letter writing to toddlers. Some of the salient applications are highlighted below.
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