India Unveils First AI-Enabled Education Tablet


In a significant stride towards enhancing digital education accessibility, school students in India will soon benefit from the first AI-enabled education tablet developed locally. Recently launched by S. Krishnan, Secretary of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and supported by funding from the EPIC Foundation, these tablets mark a milestone in indigenous technological innovation. Crafted by VVDN Technologies in collaboration with MediaTek India and CoRover.ai, these tablets boast unique features focused on repairability and upgradability. This initiative aims to address critical issues such as bridging the digital divide and tackling electronic waste accumulation within India, according to statements from the EPIC Foundation.

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Expressing pride in this achievement, Krishnan emphasised the significance of launching an India-inspired education tablet. He underscored its potential to empower students and inspire them to embrace the ethos of designing and creating products within India for both domestic and global markets. Ajai Chowdhry, Founder and Chairman of the EPIC Foundation, along with Arjun Malhotra, Co-Founder of the EPIC Foundation, highlighted the importance of prioritising repairability in product design. They emphasised the economic and environmental benefits of creating devices with easily replaceable and upgradable components, aiming to mitigate issues like high repair costs and electronic waste generation.

 

The education tablet, equipped with the BharatGPT virtual assistant, aims to actively facilitate digital learning while promoting linguistic diversity and inclusivity. It incorporates AI/ML-based inter-lingual translation capabilities to cater to the varied language needs of India and ensure accessibility for differently-abled individuals. Through this initiative, India not only advances its digital education landscape but also showcases its commitment to local innovation and sustainability in technology development.

 

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