Tablet PCs To Replace Textbooks, Gates Says
from the and-next-the-world dept
Despite Bill Gates' 2001 assertion that tablet PCs would be the most popular type of PC in the US by 2006 (another one of his fanciful predictions), they've failed to really catch on outside some vertical markets. But Bill has a plan for them to overcome years of sluggish sales: get schools to throw away all their textbooks and replace them with tablet PCs. He says net-connected tablet PCs are lighter and more flexible than textbooks, but ignores one big aspect -- the cost of supplying every schoolkid with an expensive piece of electronics, and supporting, maintaining, repairing and replacing them. This isn't to say that putting more laptops in students' hands can't have benefits, but it's hard to see it happening anytime soon, or with the much-derided Microsoft tablet PC. After all, didn't Bill want everybody to carry smartphones instead of cheap laptops, anyway?