July 23, 2010 In another attempt to bring a usable computer to the masses at an extremely affordable price point, India has developed a touchscreen computing device which will cost only $35. According to a press release by Indias Press Information Bureau, the price is expected to drop even further, first to $20 and ultimately to a mere $10. Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal unveils the low cost computing-cum-access device in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: V. Sudershan The reports about the devices hardware vary greatly; all we can say for sure is that its portable and has a touchscreen, which pretty much makes it a tablet (confirmed by the image above). According to Indian Express, it has a 5/7/9 inch touchscreen (we dont know whether that means there will be several versions of the device or theyre simply unsure what the actual size is, but it looks like a 7-incher to us), and on the software side, it sports a web browser, PDF reader, office software, media player as well as multimedia input/output capabilities, video conferencing (it must have a camera, then) and remote device management capability all of it open-source and Linux-based. Whatever hardware is running this thing, its ready for production, according to Indias human resource development minister Kapil Sibal. We have reached a (developmental) stage that today; the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything, he said at a news conference in New Delhi. The device, Sibal said, should be available to consumers sometime in 2011.