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Wednesday, October 20, 2004 Media Center for Schools
Entrepreneurial partnership with IITs of the country has been taking shape in several forms. K-Yan is a product of one such collaboration.
IL&FS ETS in association with IIT-Mumbai (Prof. Kirti Trivedi) has come up with this unique media product. In a week, dominated by Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005, this is yet another instance of call for Convergence. Only this time, it's targeted at educational possibilities.
K-Yan comprises "...multimedia computer, large format flat television, DVD/ VCD/ CD player, CD writer, LCD projector, Internet, Video conferencing and Visual Audio System in a single compact unit."
Anticipating rural areas' intermittent power supplies, the unit could also be connected to Car battery or a Solar Panel. With the Digital Gangetic Plain initiative in full swing, the product could have included support for Wireless Network access. Making the rural-coverage complete. Or probably, the promoters expect users to try one of those USB-based Wireless adapters.
It certainly is an excellent tool for training. Does a $3000 tag make it worthy?
1800 lumens (800X600 SVGA) projectors cost upwards of $1500 and with the rest of the package (which are top-notch), seems a great deal alright. Since schools in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal have already taken the plunge, it apparently is a good investment.
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