Thiruvananthapuram: Sam Pitroda, advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Wednesday
launched the country's first cloud-based tablet solution for
school students called 'e-tutor tablet'.
This can be used by students from Class 1 to 12.
Priced at Rs.7,500, inclusive of content, the product would be
available in the market from April onwards.
The e-tutor tablet is a joint effort of Technopark-based e-tutor
and Oztern Technology.
Ranjith Balan, founder and managing director of e-tutor, said that
this will be the first complete solution for education to be made
available on Tablet PCs.
"The teacher can easily explain concepts using the digital
whiteboard that is set up in the Tablet PC. Using e-tutor learning
tablet the students can access what was taught in the classroom
and can also access the collaborative learning platform for
discussions on relevant topics taught in the classroom," said
The product is also aimed at making internet a safer place for
children. E-tutor tablet safeguards the connectivity from the
personalized Tablets PCs provided as a part of the solution, and
restrict it to connect to internet only through the
synchronization module in the product.
Detailing on the technology, Saiju V. Stella, CEO of Oztern
Technology, said cloud computing technology can bring about a
major leap in the way technology is being used in the educational
"Most of the technology products available in the market today for
education act as teaching aids rather than learning aids. Cloud
computing also fulfills another major social commitment by
reducing the carbon emissions, from dedicated servers and data
centres that consume huge amounts of energy, thus making computing
more energy efficient and green," said Stella.
Lessons will be made available to the learner through personalised
Tablet PCs, and regular content updates will be made available
through a unique cloud - tablet synch mechanism, thus making sure
that the device connects only to the relevant locations to access
Rajinish Menon, director, Business Strategy and Operations,
Microsoft, who was present at the occasion, expressed his
happiness to see partners like Oztern coming up with innovative
solutions in the education sector using Microsoft Windows Azure
which is Microsoft's cloud computing infrastructure.
Cloud computing is a technology that uses internet and central
remote servers to maintain data and applications. Cloud computing
allows consumers and businesses to use applications without
installation and access their personal files at any computer with
internet access. This technology allows for much more efficient
computing by centralising storage, memory, processing and