Intel has announced the launch of its 7-inch tablet encased in rugged plastic, created specifically for the education market. The ‘studybooks’ are expected to cost less than $200 each, Kapil Wadhera, the general manager of Intel’s education market group, told The Wall Street Journal.
Its durability and price are reminiscent of the "$100" laptop, created by the organization One Laptop Per Child. In the end, prices for the laptops grew beyond that amount when the product was released in 2007, but the organization recently introduced a low-cost tablet expected to be priced at $100 or less.
The studybook comes with front and rear cameraswhich can be turned into microscopes for science experiments with a special lensa microphone, and an lcd touch screen. The tablet is designed to withstand falls from student desks and is water- and dust-resistant. There’s no word on when the tablets will hit the market.
A version of this article appeared in the April 25, 2012 edition of Education Week as Tablet for Schools Introduced by Intel