South Africa Tech-Company Millbug, Launches Vuya Tablet PC Powered By Solar
A South African tech company Millbug founded back in 2012 by Thulisile Volwana and Sabelo Sibanda has announced the launch of a solar powered tablet dubbed Vuya tablet PC. The company which initially started off as an ecommerce platform focusing on selling women’s fashionable clothes; and now has a grand vision of bringing affordable technologies to the locals who have little or limited access to electricity.
The Vuya tablet PC comes with a price tag of R1,500 ($140) and was manufactured putting in mind one of South Africa’s most abundant resources: the sun. The tablet is powered by solar energy but can be charged using the conventional electricity from the wall outlets. The tablet got its name from a isiXhosa word “Vuya” which means “be happy.”
Under the hood, the Vuya tablet PC houses a 1.2 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS. It has a 7 inch display and supports Wi-Fi connectivity. The tablet has been described to be not only aesthetically pleasing, but also rugged enough to sustain the demands of an avid user. Millbug says that although it intends to get more South African users on the ecommerce bandwagon, it is also buttering up the tablet to be a useful educational tool.
“People are more inclined to purchase tactile products online from devices with larger screen sizes e.g. tablet PCs, laptops and desktops and are more inclined to purchase digital content from mobile devices e.g. tablet PCs and mobile phones.” Said Millbug COO, Volwana.
Millbug is hoping that with the release of its tablet into the African market, it will lead to the increase in the number of African players in the digital economy. The company says it intends to catalyze the increase in the number of African producers in the digital economy as opposed to the number of African consumers.
Millbug is incubated at the Port Elizabeth chapter of Shanduka Black Umbrellas and over the years it has gained valuable insights when it comes to internet proliferations, eCommerce and technology use habits across the African continent.