The Aakash dream might be near to realization once again, with better and updated features to meet a lot of expectations. As per the sources, the updated version of the tablet , the Aakash II, is very close to its launch and might be out even in the next month . Also, close sources inside the technology team confirm that the new and updated version has been able to meet the requirements that had been set by the government and it has given its approval.
According to Kapil Sibal, the HRD minister, the new device has been packed with a whole new set of improved features and better speed. As compared to other tablet available in the markets, Sibal added, Aakash can be used for creating computer programs in C, C++, Python and Scilab. As per the reports , the Aakash tablets will go into production a few days before the device is officially launched and by the time it happens, there would be a good number of devices that they would have produced ready for sale. Datawind, the UK based firm, had submitted its designs for Aakash II to IIT Bombay along with 100 tablets and the specifications have been approved by the government for the upgraded version and the launch will soon be happening in the markets.Akash 2 tablet
Kapil sibal was present at the inauguration of a teacher training programme which was being conducted by IIT Bombay under a project by the national Mission on Education through ICT. There he suggested the idea of Aakash II to be distributed to heads of few institutes who were associated with the programme and thanked IIT Bombay for successfully incorporating the software into Aakash.
Datawind was the maker of the initial version of Aakash combined with IIT Rajasthan, who took up the task of manufacturing tablets for the masses. Soon, the tablet came under great criticism over its poor build quality and less than satisfactory battery, which led to altercations between the two parties who were manufacturing the device over the specifications. While IIT Rajasthan wanted to incorporate military style specifications in the device, Datawind was of the opinion that a mass tablet did not need such features . All this resulted into the project landing in the hands of IIT Bombay.