Laptop below Rs 5000: Young initiative from Orissa
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Laptop below Rs 5000: Young initiative from Orissa

Report by Orissa Diary bureau; Bhubaneswar: The technological forefront of Odisha seems to touching a new high. Two young student-innovators from Odisha Chandrasekhar Panda & Saswat Swain come up with an idea to provide laptops below Rs5000.

The cheapest laptop named iWEBLEAF laptop packed with a basic configuration of 320GB of Hard Drive, 1GB RAM, Screen Size: 10.2 inch, Built in web camera, Speaker & LAN port is just priced at Rs.5000

Speaking over the innovation Saswat says:” We have tried out best possible option to reduce the price of the laptop even the processor is designed in the college lab itself named DXA 16 and its equivalent to Intel Atom N450 processor. Some parts like keyboard and inbuilt speaker are fabricated through the help of some MNC cos and it takes around 10 month to shape our idea into a reality.”

Another innovator Chandrasekhar says:” iWEBLEAF laptop is designed and passed the CE certification process and we are working out to provide inbuilt Anti-Theft technology on the laptop itself by using the GSM technology so that the laptop can be tracked easily. He added currently no laptop in India is purely using Anti-theft technology where as we are working to make some modification on our laptop so that it can’t be boot if the SIM module is tampered or fabricated by any means.”

It will surly provide a major setback to the HRD Ministry, Government of India. As still central government is looking for its most ambitious project “Sakshat” to provide ipad like laptop with 2GB of Hard Drive and running on Google Android Platform at a cost of $35 whereas analyst says “The laptop components alone were costing the vendor Rs.5700 without taking into account the import duties and logistics.”

These two young innovators have already approached various ministries to initiate the process of R&D in Odisha itself but as on today they are waiting for state governments’ positive node over the issue.

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