Technopark based e-tutor and Oztern technology, both private limited companies, have unveiled a cloud-based tablet called eTutor tablet. The tablet is priced at Rs. 7500 and is aimed at students between class 1 and class 12 and also the teachers. eTutor tablet runs Android operating system and access cloud-content and apps built on Microsoft Azure platform.
Teachers can use the tablet to make the class interactive as it connects to Projectors. Students will get their content through their personalized eTutor tablets. From the news, there is a mention of restricting the access to the Internet to just the synchronization facility. This is to make Internet a safer place for the students. Though useful and well-thought, this seems to be a limiting functionality. It might curb the genuine usage of Internet for education and will limit eTutor tablet to being an uni-tasker.
e-Tutor looks like an innovative cloud solution which can solve the constant upgrading of devices problem. It also comes with a unique sync functionality which will help the teachers to push content and the students to receive the content. What it doesn’t talk about is the availability of bandwidth.
For concepts like cloud-based devices to be successful, Bandwidth should be ubiquitous. As ubiquitous as air. It has to give the confidence to the users that the content will be available anytime they want and they don’t have to save the content locally. Until that day comes, initiatives like eTutor tablet will remain as concepts.