Indian manufacturer DataWind showed off its Aakash2 tablet at the U.N. Headquarters yesterday, and all in attendance received one of their own. The $40 tablet features a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a seven inch touch screen, and runs the Android OS. DataWind CEO Sunseet Singh Tuli pointed out that the goal of this tablet isn't to compete with the most popular and powerful units, but to provide an educational aid to children around the world. The Indian government has committed to helping provide one Aakash2 to each student in the country by paying for half of each unit, which amounts to a cost of $800 million per year for five years. A number of other countries including Thailand, Honduras, and Panama have expressed interest in taking a similar approach. To help further his position, Tuli said “The next arms race is to equip our children with knowledge and information.” The Aakash2 will be available in the United States early next year.