The President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam asked IBM to join the global knowledge platform by developing low cost tablet PCs and computers based on nano technology.
Addressing the IBM Employees', he pointed out that multinational companies, through collaborative efforts, could design, develop and manufacture a tablet PC with multilingual capability and open source operating system. In a bid to make tablet PCs affordable to students, teachers and researchers in developing countries, the president advised IBM to collaborate with the Indian tech industry to develop integrated hardware and software system to configure and produce them for selling at $150 per PC. According to Kalam, this is a challenging task for IBM to configure, develop, produce and market the tablet PC at a cost of $150. Similarly, the President emphasised the need for developing nanotech computers.