Can Tablet Cafés Address Multiple Concerns For Developing Countries?

Cyber Cafés or a place where a cluster of computers are installed to offer time-bound internet access facilities have been prevalent for quite some time & may have been losing their appeal due to proliferation of internet-enabled mobile devices. In an interesting twist to such traditional clusters, Google has decided to do away with the bulky computers & replace them with sleek tablets. In fact, this re-invented Tablet Café already has a working enterprise in South Africa.

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Why modify an established & working concept?

Cyber-cafes were initially meant for urban areas when computers were very expensive to own privately. However, with growing internet usage, these cyber cafés shifted their primary usage base to smaller towns & villages as developed cities started to have huge number of privately owned computers.

But counties like India, Africa & other developing nations have to face some tricky problems. Routine & random power-cuts combined with expensive electricity & flaky internet connectivity is hitting the business of cyber cafés.  Besides, PCs require relatively high amount of electricity to keep running. Additionally, the hardware is often multi-fold. In other words, the computers often require a lot many components like the CPU & other internals coupled with external peripherals whose upkeep & maintenance is expensive.

To address all these concerns, Google, via a crowd-sourced approach chose an internet-café in Africa & offered to replace majority of the PCs with tablets. Now these tablet computers are gaining rapid acceptance owing to their ease of use. Besides, they use mobile data & do not need to be tethered to any wires; internet or otherwise. This allows the patrons to sit anywhere within the café & access internet.

Will tablets replace PCs in their entirety?

Accessing internet for leisure is one of the most sought after uses in cyber cafés. People frequently visit these places to socialize & chat. However, these tablets won’t be so effective when serious typing work is involved. Nonetheless, the response appears to be promising & the café owners are happy as these tablets consume 25 Times less energy than traditional computers.

With such encouraging results will we soon see India’s cyber cafés replacing computers with tablets?

Image Courtesy |  indiatimes

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