For Chiman Prakash Reddy, trying to fit Integrated Circuits on a mother board and working out the next move in a game of Chess are just the same: they are just games. The 16-year-old prodigy, who doesn't have any formal education, has developed a tablet PC, named AVE, with features he claims can give top brands a run for their money.
This also adds to the competition to the exploding tablet market in Hyderabad.
This is the fourth tablet PC from Hyderabad after Notion Ink's Adam (after developing the tablet it moved its headquarters to Bangalore).
Then came Akash, which rattled the top tablet players with its price tag of Rs 3,000. Another small player too launched a tablet a few months ago.
Prakash Reddy, who holds a rank of 1920 on FIDE and good Commonwealth slots, said Ave provides 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi facilities and a battery life of 6 hours. It carries a price tag of Rs 12,999.
The Andhra Pradesh IT Minister, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, released the Android Gingerbread AVE tablet PC here on Saturday.
“We are planning to sell 1,000 tablets in the first month. We are in talks with Reliance Digital and Bajaj Capital for offering financial schemes for students and others,” Prakash Reddy said.
Prakash says he doesn't have any formal education but developed keen interest in IT and game development. He is Executive Director of ST (Sareddy Technologies Ltd) which is registered in the UK. The company develops mobile games also.
For gadget lovers, the features of AVE – The 1.2 GHz tablet weighs only 360 grams. The 7-inch PC has a built-in memory of 8 GB. It can support MicroSD cards up to 32 GB for transfer of direct media files. “As any other hardware firm, we get the boards in China and assemble them in the UK,” he said.