Marvell has announced that they are in the works of developing a tablet computer named Moby that will "change the way students learn."
That's a bold statement, but at $99 a pop for a high-performance device, it's just crazy enough to work.
The 10-inch Moby tablet promises a lot for the price, including 1080p HD video playback, full Flash support, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM/GPS connectivity and even 3D-capability. Not to mention it will be powered by the Marvell ARMADA 600 series of application processors. Marvell also promises a long battery life, which would be essential if needed throughout an entire school day, but there's no time or specs provided just yet.
With implementation of these tablets in schools around the country, Marvell execs argue that it could reduce and even eliminate the need for students to buy textbooks. Citing a study by the Government Accountability Office in the press release, the average price for one textbook for high school student ranges between $60 to $200. And a lot of textbooks at schools around the nation aren't even up-to-date, so using digital books could remedy that problem.
These tablets won't be available to the masses just yet, as they'll first be circled around a pilot program in the Washington, D.C. school district at participating at-risk schools. Hopefully this program takes off because it sounds like a worthy endeavor.
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