Sindya Bhanoo explains why India's much-hyped plan to build a $10 laptop is a massive exaggeration of some pretty ordinary technology:

Several media outlets, including PC Advisor, cited a Times of India article that last week stated India would be unveiling the laptop as an educational tool for children across the country.

The Times article quoted a government official - Secretary of Higher Education RP Agarwal - which seemed to provide more legitimacy to the claim. Indian officials had said it was to be an answer to Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project.

Now it turns out that the project actually centres around a 2GB hard drive with wireless capabilities.

Fast Company reports that the device "appears to be nothing much more sophisticated than a specialized digital storage hub/net access point for educational media." So that's that then...

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Sindya Bhanoo blogs for The Industry Standard