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Russia's iPad alternative to text books

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 02:26

Oct.04 - A new plastic-based tablet designed by a California tech company for school students is going on trial in Russia thanks to funding from the Russian state-run tech giant Rusnano. Sonia Legg reports

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Apple's iPad may be on the most-wanted list of teenagers around the globe but in Russia students could be about to get a different type of tablet. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PLASTIC LOGIC SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR PRODUCT MARKETING, STEVEN GLASS, SAYING: "This is a working display. It still bends. If I hooked it up to electronics, I could change content on it right now. As you can see - very, very thin, very, very light, and it's because of our technology that can we put it into a reader that weighs so little and can replace a student's entire textbook collection for the year." The tablet has been developed by California-based Plastic Logic using Russian money. Steven Glass is their Senior Director for Product Marketing. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PLASTIC LOGIC SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR PRODUCT MARKETING STEVEN GLASS, SAYING: "We've pre-loaded it with all the textbooks they're gonna need for the year, and then we've locked it. So we've made it very easy for the teacher to hand these out and not be bothered by things like students deleting the textbooks and having to reload them, or students putting content on there that they don't want and are distracting in class." The state-controlled Russian technology giant Rusnano has invested 700 million dollars in Plastic Logic. Rusano's CEO says it's one of 90 projects they're currently involved in. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANATOLY CHUBAIS, RUSNANO CEO, SAYING: "About 70 out of them that is serious and interesting, about 10 of them are very interesting, about three or five of them may change (the) whole sectors and above all there are three projects which may change the world." Anatoly Chubais recently showed the device to Russia's Prime Minister. He predicts it could grab a 10 percent share of the global electronics market. At around 420 US dollars it's certainly cheaper than an iPad, which sells for a third more and its screens are plastic not glass. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PLASTIC LOGIC SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR PRODUCT MARKETING STEVEN GLASS, SAYING: "Our biggest competitor in the coming years are not other electronics - it's the original textbooks and it's that that we wish to replace in the schools." Rusnano will test the new tablet in selected schools for a year. If successful it'll start mass production and target Russia's 13 and half million students. But many may still covet the iPad and its rivals as the Russian tablet doesn't connect to the internet. Sonia Legg, Reuters.

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Russia's iPad alternative to text books

Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 02:26