Neev developed an application for iSlate, a low-cost device that is part of a sustainable social initiative to enable children in rural India to self-learn. The application lets students work on assignments, assess their performance through graphs, access textbooks, create and store their own notes, keep a tab on tasks to be completed, and even create their own profiles and interact with others on a social network.
iSlate was built by researchers at Rice University in collaboration with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The iSlate’s hardware was developed by the Institute of Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics (ISAID) based at NTU.
Millions of children in rural parts of India do not have access to education and electricity. The iSlate is part of an ambitious project to enable India to realize its full potential through sustainable, low-cost technologies. It is a low energy consuming, electronic, solar-powered notepad that aims to empower millions of kids in rural India and aid them in their studies. The iSlate is a replacement to the hand-held slates and chalk used by every Indian rural kid. The iSlate aims to deliver an improved learning experience to rural schools through the use of technology.
Since the iSlate was designed to run for long hours without charging, the application we built had to consume very little energy. As the children who would use it have never come across a computer or played even a video game before, being complete novices to technology, the application was also required to have an easy-to-use interface that children could pick up quickly. Our application was required to be feature rich with a simple interface.
Neev built an Android-based application using java that enabled school-going children to self-learn. The application has a simple-to-use interface that lets kids learn operating it quickly and navigate easily.
The application contains a virtual keyboard that can take inputs with a gentle tap. It displays the date and day for users’ convenience. When it opens for the first time, the application allows the user to create a profile with details like name, country name and a profile photo.
The application is smart enough to report even minute details like the amount of time a user spends on reading a textbook on iSlate or the exact time they create a particular note.