A 16-year-old Indian schoolboy has managed to do alone what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did together.
Not only has this wunderkind named Afreed Islam designed the hardware for a new computer system, he has also made a brand and a new operating system software for it.
But there is more to his dual achievement. His computer– which he has titled the ReVo BOOK, is a 'virus-protected' machine which cannot be penetrated. Quite how remains unknown.
Also, unlike the mainstream computers, this one doesn't use a hard disk and relies on microchips for storage purposes.
Explaining the logic behind the whole microchip-for-hard-disk thing, a local IT company's Senior Systems Consultant, Anupam Barman, told The Hindu: "A hard disk drive always runs the risk of data loss as it has moving parts which may crash due to shock and also when brought in a strong magnetic field. However, the microchip has no moving parts and is also not influenced by a magnetic field. Therefore, there is little risk of data loss of the microchip-run computing system invented by Afreed."
His operating system – whom he calls ReVo IX – is a hybrid between Windows and Linux, and gives its users the option to experience cool features of both the OS.
Islam – who used an unnamed German company's help to put everything together – said: "The idea to develop the system came to my mind first when I was studying in Class VII and encountered some problems while operating the computers which my parents had bought for me."
Islam's achievement isn't an isolated incident of this kind taking place in India. In fact, tech brilliance from Indian kids becoming quite common these days. Just a few weeks ago, another 15-year-old boy Angad Daryani made headlines for inventing the country's cheapest 3D printer, all by himself.