“Necessity is The Mother of Invention”
These days the competition is very high among the tablet industry all over the world. Every single Tablet maker is trying to pull each other’s leg to come first on the leading board and want to make their name in the market. The best example we can see is of Apples iPad. Apple was the first one to come with a unique designed tablet in the market and later on many existing companies joined in to increase the competition. After iPad, different companies came up with many new tablets with different specs, screen size and the final thing, OS.
If we talk about Apple, So Apple uses its own OS, which is iOS, where as its competitor uses Android OS. No one can run iOS because Apple owns it. So, the competition remains within Android Devices, which are being mass-produced by many of the existing companies under their name, and we have seen many new burgeoning companies using Android OS in their Tablets.
Like this a strange thing is happening in an Under Developing country where no competitor or any company is working to make Android Tablets, but amazingly it is their Talented Military, which is helping the country to grow by making Android Tablets in their Spare time.
It all comes at a place in Northern Pakistan called Kamra where the forces meet. The forces are the Pakistani Engineering and Chinese hardware. They both combine in the highly secured air force complex where they manufacture the tablets.
The tablet runs on Android OS 2.3 made by Google. The cost of the tablet is around $200 that is 40% less than the cost of Apple’s iPad 2 and 60% less than the cost of any other low finished Tablets made by China or any other companies rolling in the market. No doubt China has taken over the Tablet market by introducing its low end Tablets in the market.
This might sound very weird to all of you that why Military is making the tablets, when their work is to look for borders and protect the country. If you ever got a thought like this so don’t worry because you aren’t alone. The head of Pakistan’s Software Houses Association, Jehan Ara said:
“Even if they could sell a billion units, I can’t see the point. The air force is supposed to be protecting the air space and borders of the country.”
No doubt she said the right thing, but people making these Tablets are not the guardians of the border or sky. They are the Aeronautical Engineers who work in their spare time on the Tablets.
”It’s about using spare capacity. There are 24 hours in a day, do we waste them or use them to make something?” said Sohail Kalim, PAC’s sales director.
The name of the Tablet is PACPAD. PAC builds the PACPAD with a company called Innavtek in a Hong Kong-registered partnership that also builds high-tech parts for the warplanes.
A part from the PACPAD, PAC has also made a handy Laptop with 4-hours of battery time, HDMI Out put with1920*1080 resolution, Windows 7 installed on it and much more.
Other than the Laptop, PAC got an E-Book Reader, which lets you handle all your appointments on the go with amazing Li-ion battery of 5 hours usage time.
The above are the 1st Generation of the PACPAD, where as the 2nd Generation of the PACPAD would be coming in the next three months.
This is a great move by an under developing country’s Military which aimed to help to improve the economy by making the Tablets, Laptop, and E-Reader. These three things combine and make The Three PACs.
What do you think about all this innovation made by Military? Feel free to answer and share your point of view regarding this move. Do you got any better idea for them?[seattlepi]