One of the key aspects of the Simputer is that it reads information aloud
in local languages to help even illiterate users tap the Internet.
There's another low-cost computer being developed in Brazil: the
"Computador Popular" (dubbed the "Volkscomputer" in Brazil) including
monitor, has an estimated price tag of $250. It is a no-frills appliance
whose sole purpose will be to connect to the Internet. It lacks a floppy
disk drive and a hard drive -- though users can add their own if they
choose. Its computer chip and modem are dated by the latest standards but
will suffice for the job at hand.
-- Ron --