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Simputer

Simputer 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 platform.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.

A 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.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.
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A rapid growth of knowledge can only happen in an environment which admits exchange of thought and information .Indeed, nothing else can explain the astounding progress of science in the last three hundred years. Technology has unfortunately not seen this freedom too often. The solutions to bridging the much hyped and talked about digital divide can come from within the developing world itself Problems of access to telecommunications in the developing world have often paled into insignificance beside those of gaining access to a working computer capable of connecting to the internet. For a vast mass of the rural poor for whom a computer is probably as remote an option as a trip to the moon, the Simputer can well become the power button to prosperity. The Simputer prototypes were launched on April 25th, 2001
Simputer (Simple Computer) is a low-cost, portable alternative to personal computers. It is pegged as the first of its kind in the world as it promises to ensure that knowledge of English is no longer a barrier to handling a computer. It permits simple and natural, user-friendly interfaces based on sight, touch and audio. An important feature of the Simputer is the Smart Card Reader/Writer. The smart card is emerging as a credible delivery vehicle for financial transactions on the Internet and has become an important tool for electronic commerce. The incorporation of a smart card reader/writer in the Simputer will, therefore, increase the functionality of the mobile device for deployment of a richer set of value-added services, including services such as home banking through personal ATMs and home shopping.
The business applications of Simputer in Micro-banking or sales force automation is useful. Insurance companies in India are looking at using this for each of their insurance agents who go around. Now, they don't have to carry all these huge books that they used to carry, with details of all the policies. They just carry the Simputer with all the information already fed into that.
The impact of this feature coupled with the rich connectivity of the Simputer can be dramatic. Applications in diverse sectors such as micro banking, large data collection, agricultural information and as a school laboratory is now made possible at an affordable price
“The Simputer a cheap, pocket-sized computing device designed for use by rural populations in India has been hailed as a breakthrough in bringing the world of computing to the poor”.
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. INTRODUCTION

The Simputer is a self-contained, open hardware handheld computer, designed for use in environments where computing devices such as personal computers are deemed inappropriate. PicoPeta Simputers Pvt. Ltd unveils Amida Simputer for the retail market.


It's simple, it's portable. At about Rs. 9,000 per piece, it's highly affordable. It is compatible with your everyday PC, helps you check e-mail, browse the Net, keep accounts, and get information. When the invention of the Simputer (Simple Computer) was announced in 2001, it instantly captured the imagination of the world. The venerable New York Times called it the most important invention of 2001 ahead of Apples G4 and Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system. Here was a computer that was rewriting every rule associated with computers.
The goal of the Simputer project and implimentation is to harness the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the benefit of the weakest sections of society. The software developed by the Simputer Trust will be underGNU GPL and the hardware developed will be under Simputer General Public License (SGPL).
The Simputer is a low cost portable alternative to PCs, by which the benefits of IT can reach the common man.
It has a special role in the third world because it ensures that illiteracy is no longer a barrier to handling a computer. The key to bridging the digital divide is to have shared devices that permit truly simple and natural user interfaces based on sight, touch and audio. 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 and to allow rapid development of solutions on any platform.
The definition of the Simputer as a Simple Inexpensive Multilingual Computer is important in surveying its project and implimentationed uses. The Simputer was originally planned to be a stand-alone computing device with a simple user interface, and features like speech synthesis that made it work for very low-attainment users. Various usage models were considered, but the key to the ‘Inexpensive’ aspect was the shared model.

The device was to enable large groups of users to share one device, possibly purchased communally. Individual users were expected to own smart cards that enabled them to store their information offline. A potential owner for a Simputer would thus be a village council, or a cooperative, or any group of people willing to share it. Public funds could potentially be applied towards such purchases.

The simplicity aspect was to be addressed through a very friendly interface with intuitive panels and graphics. The shared usage model also relied on the Multilingual feature. Speech-enabled devices in homes were expected to play an inclusive role in the more remote regions of India, where literacy can be low. Users would also be enabled to use online communications through the devices for a variety of daily tasks that could be made easier using technology.

An alternate usage model was mediator-oriented, in which the end-users of the Simputer were to be traveling data gathering professionals, often working in remote parts of India. In this case, the Simputer would work much like a PDA, but enabled with its unique features, it offered a potentially easier learning curve for rural grassroots workers who may or may not be literate enough to use a standard PDA.

Hardware Design decisions took into account the infrastructural shortcomings of India, yet, the device could perform its goals best given some minimum electricity availability and wireless connectivity. The cost saving of the Simputer would have to be seen in its comparison to personal computers – rather than other PDAs. The device itself was originally meant to be priced low by virtue of addressing an entire community’s needs, thus having a lower per-capita cost than an immobile personal computer.
“The Simputer a cheap, pocket-sized computing device designed for use by rural populations in India has been hailed as a breakthrough in bringing the world of computing to the poor”.


What 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). The Wintel (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.

HISTORY

The Simputer project and implimentation was conceived during the organization of the Global Village, an International Seminar on Information Technology for Developing Countries, conducted during Bangalore IT.com event in October 1998.




Simputer Layout

A discussion paper highlights the need for a low-cost mass access device that will bring local-language IT to the masses. The initial concept paper (PDF version) expanding on the initial discussions introduced the term Simputer as an obvious twist on the word Computer. For the purpose of establishing originality, a slightly more complex acronym was invented to fit the name Simputer: Simple, Inexpensive, Multi-lingual computer. And finally in order to appeal to computer geeks, ridiculously complex recursive acronym was also coined: Simputer: SIMPLE COMPUTER, which expands to Simple, In-expensive Multi-lingual PeopLE's compUTER. The concept paper outlines the technical requirements of the Simputer as well as the applications. However, this paper is quite dated, and useful only as a historic reference.
The writing of the Bangalore Declaration on Information technology for developing countries clarified and fortified the concept of the Simputer and its role in the larger picture. A few items in the Declaration, specifically highlight the role for a Simputer-like device.
When the invention of the Simputer (Simple Computer) was announced in 2001, it instantly captured the imagination of the world. So much so, that the venerable New York Times called it the most important invention of 2001 ahead of Apples G4 and Microsofts Windows XP operating system. Not only was the vision behind the Simputer stunningly ambitious (to bring computing to the gigabyte-less masses, as the London Guardian put it), but here was a computer that was rewriting every rule associated with computers. The goal of the Simputer project and implimentation is to harness the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for the benefit of the weakest sections of society.


HARDWARE DESIGN.

What exactly is the Simputer? Put quite simply, it is more complex and powerful than a palm top.
For example, in terms of screen size (320x240), memory capabilities (32MB RAM) and the OS (GNU/Linux). It runs on an Intel strong-arm chip. The chip is known for its low power consumption. The Simputer runs on three AAA batteries or off the mains. It can also use rechargeable batteries, but the charger is not built in. Thus, the Simputer is basically a low-cost computer with multiple connectivity options. It will be modular and based entirely on free software from the Open Source Initiative. Its primary input will be a touch-sensitive overlay on the LCD display panel.
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