"Aakash" - touted as the world's cheapest Tablet Device was launched by the Minister on 5 October 2011. The big question is whether it will survive the litmus test. (Earlier, an experiment to create the cheapest computin device had backfired as during the launch, the computing device turned out to be a storage device.)
This tablet device has been created by Datawind, a UK company and the tablets are likely to be provided to students in various Universities soon. The tablet sets to achieve the task of bridging the digital divide between thos who can afford computer and those who can't. The tablet promises a lot and therefore needs to deliver as there is much at stake this time.
Though the tablet claims to be the world's cheapest but there surely are many similar ranged devices available (mentioned in the link below). The tablet is aimed at the student segment, both higher education and school education. Whether the tablet aims to achieve digital literacy or educational support is still a question.
Few useful links for the device
The performance and functioning of the device would determine how successful it is in achieving its objective(s)...keeping my fingers crossed till then !!