Tronity is seeking crowd funding at indiegogo for an open source tablet called Root 101. The goal behind the project is to create an affordable, open source, 10.1 inch tablet, which would ship with root access.
In its advertisement video, Tronity explains that while mass production of tablets have made components less expensive, pricey tablets still prevail in the market. Alternatives include cheaper 7-inch tablets, and generic brands. However, “The generic brand tablets usually have poor battery life, unreliable Google Play Store access, and bad implementation of Android, making the user experience less than desirable.”
Root 101 is an attempt to make “the most open source and affordable tablet available today.”
While most tablets require after-market tweaking and development in order to gain root access, and install ROMs such as CyanogenMod and MIUI, the idea behind Tronity’s tablet is a device that will already come rooted and ready to modify. Two ROMs have already been ported to optimally accommodate the 101’s specific hardware, including Cyanogenmod and Paranoid Android.
For now, a donation of $170 or more will secure a Root 101. Tronity would like to be able to sell the tablet for an inexpensive price after launch, assuming they are able to secure their $185,000 goal within twenty-eight days. The device contains an AmLogic AML8726-MX Dual Core 1.5GHz CPU, and ships with vanilla Android 4.2.
When (and if) the project launches, all of the Root 101’s source code will be available on GitHub, making this an interesting project for developers and coders.