SA designed solar powered tablet goes on sale

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Gauteng’s Department of Education is planning to turn every school in the province into a textbook-free zone, but electricity is always an issue. In a recent study, only 73% of the schools in KwaZulu Natal have electricity – and this is where a company Millbug Technology can play a huge role.

The Port Elizabeth technology company recently launched its 7-inch solar-powered tablet for R1 500, and it comes in four different colours.

Started by Sabelo Sibanda and Thulisile Volwana, Millbug saw a gap in the market for low-cost solar-powered products as their clients wanted “a more convenient and tactile product friendly” way of viewing the internet.

“Mobile phones did not possess screens large enough for clients to somehow experience the value of owning tactile products and tablet computers were out of reach for many our younger clients. This presented an opportunity to solve a large problem in a bold and effective manner,” the company explains on their website.

The Millbug Vuya Tablet PC has all the necessary ICASA stamps of approval and runs on Android 4.2, makes use of a Mali-400 GPU, while 512MB DDR3 RAM does all the thinking. It has an internal memory of 4GB and supports a micro SD card up to 32GB in storage. The capacitive 5-point touch screen has a screen resolution of 800×480 pixels.

For its power, the detachable photovoltaic cell (PV) has the result of some experimentation. “We actually had considered a whole lot of options from integrating the PV onto the back or onto the side, even using thin film photovoltaic technology, but it just wasn’t practical enough,” Sibanda said in a media interview.

[Source – Millbug Technology]

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