is a multilingual mass access low cost hand held device currently being developed.
The information mark up language is the primary format of the content accessed
by the Simputer. The information mark up language (IML) has been created to provide
a uniform experience to users and to allow rapid development of solution on any
The Simputer proves that illiteracy is no longer a barrier in handling
a computer. The Simputer through its smart card feature allows for personal information
management at the individual level for a unlimited number of users. Applications
in diverse sectors can be made possible at an affordable price.
rapid growth of knowledge can only happen in an environment which admits free
exchange of thought of information. Indeed, nothing else can explain the astounding
progress of science in the last three hundred years. Technology has unfortunately
not seen this freedom two often. Several rounds of intends discussions among the
trustees convinced them that the only way to break out the current absurdities
is to foster a spirit of co-operation in inventing new technologies. The common
mistake of treating to-operation as a synonym of charity poses its own challenges.
The Simputer Licensing Framework is the Trust's responds to these challenges.
What is Simputer?
A Simputer is a multilingual, mass access, low cost,
portable alternative to PC's by which the benefits of IT can reach the common
man. It has a special role in the third world because it is ensures that illiteracy
is no longer barrier in handling a computer. The key to bridging the digital divide
is to have shared devices that permit truly simple and natural users interfaces
based on sight, touch and studio. The Simputer meets these demands through a browser
for the Information Markup Language (IML). IML has been created to provide a uniform
experience to users to allow rapid development of solutions on any platform.
Simputer is a hand held device with the following features:
- It is portable
- A (320 X 240) LCD Panel which is touch enabled
- A speaker, microphone and
a few keys
- A soft keyboard
- A stylus is a pointing device
card reader in Simputer
- The use of extensive audio in the form of text to
speech and audio snippets
The display resolution is much smaller than the
usual desktop monitor but much higher than usual wireless devices (cell phones,
pagers etc). The operating system for Simputer is Linux. It is designed so that
Linux is to be started up in frequently, but the Simputer is in a low power mode
during the times it is not in use. When the Simputer is 'powered on', the user
is presented with a screed having several icons.
Makes Simputer Different From Regular PCs?
Simputer is not a personal
computer. It could however be a pocket computer. It is much more powerful than
a Palm, with screen size 320 x 240 and memory capability (32MB RAM).
(Windows + Intel) architecture of the de facto standard PC is quite unsuitable
for deployment on the low cost mass market. The entry barrier due to software
licensing is just too high. While the Wintel PC provides a de facto level f standardization,
it is not an open architecture. The Simputer mean while is centered around Linux
which is freely available, open and modular.
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