Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Aakash 2 Tablet (UbiSlate 7Ci) - A Game-Changer in Indian education sector



Aakash 2 Tablet features 7-inch Capacitive display with 480 x 800 pixel resolutions . It is powered by 1GHz Cortex A8 processor with 512MB RAM.

Aakash 2 Tablet runs on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and has 4GB of storage expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Aakash 2 sports Front VGA Camera and comes with G-Sensor,Wi-Fi and 3.5mm jack.It provides a battery back-up of 3 Hrs.

Aakash 2 Tablet commercial version UbiSlate 7Ci comes with a price tag of Rs. 4,499.

The Academic Version of Akash  2 Tablets are enhanced by IIT- Bombay. They equips the tablets with Features which are well suited for student community.

The various features they incoperates within it includes,
Proximity:  enables creation of interactive lessons by importing lecture video and presentation slides. Proximity brings personalised learning to students who can access quality lectures by reputable teachers. A searchabale database storage and retrieval system for students enables fast and even offline access to published lessons and lectures.

Blender Animation: An open source software for creating 3D animations, rendering, video editing etc. Several educational animations have been ported on the tablet.

Scilab: Open-source equivalent of the commercial product Matlab. IIT B’s Scilab port on Aakash allows users to write and execute their programmes directly on the tablet. This is the first Android tablet that has been able to port Scilab.

Aakash Pustak e-book reader: It has over 5,000 textbooks, with NCERT textbooks across classes constituting the bulk. Aakash Putsak is unicode, allowing books in regional languages too to be accessed.

GNU-Khata: A tool for those studying accounts, GNU-Khata can help create ledgers, balance sheets, account books and so on.

Clicker: A student response system for classrooms, created again by IITB. Clicker enables teachers to get quick feedback from students on instant quizzes. A quiz question gets downloaded on a student’s Aakash tablet. At the end of the test time, all answers are automatically collected and get recorded in the back-end system. Clicker also enables the teacher to generate a progress report on the comprehension levels of each student based on his answers in a range of quizzes. Clicker comes to the aid of the shy student who may have a query for his teacher but will not say so publicly. The “raise hand” feature on Clicker allows a student to raise his hand virtually and post the query.

Spoken tutorials: Educational videos in over 18 Indian languages including Bodo, Khasi, Nepali. A low-bandwidth tool, this hosts tutorials on life skills too: from directions on how to book a rail ticket the IRCTC website or how to book an air ticket airline, to how to knot a tie.

Robot control: Educational robots designed at IITB are used to teach principles of embedded software, algorithms incorporating artificial intelligence and data collection from various sensors. An application developed on Aakash allows the tablet to control the movement of the robot and see the video stream from a mounted camera, sent to it using WiFi.

IT Bombay describes Aakash as an access device in which a Linux environment has been developed atop an Android operating system. Tailored compilers for C, C++, Python and Scilab are ported so that users can write and run programmes on the tablet, emphasising its use as a full-fledged computer.

The Academic version of the Tablet costs $40 (Rs. 2,200).

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