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  • Joseph Bergin
    Maybe you all know about this already, but I didn t. ... Bridging the Great Digital Divide The Simputer is a low cost portable alternative to PCs, by which the
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 29, 2001
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      Maybe you all know about this already, but I didn't.

      From their web page:
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      Bridging the Great Digital Divide

      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.

      Affordable Computing

      The projected cost of the Simputer is about Rs 9000 at large volumes.
      But even this is beyond the
      means of most citizens. The Smart Card feature that the Simputer
      provides enables the Simputer to
      be shared by a community.

      A local community such as the village panchayat, the village school,
      a kiosk, a village postman, or even
      a shopkeeper should be able to loan the device to individuals for
      some length of time and then pass it
      on to others in the community. The Simputer, through its Smart Card
      feature allows for personal
      information management at the individual level for an unlimited
      number of users.

      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.
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      Rs 9000 (Indian Rupees) is less than $200 ($186.50 or so today).

      Visit http://www.simputer.org/

      Joe
      --
      Joseph Bergin, Professor
      Pace University, Computer Science, One Pace Plaza, NY NY 10038
      EMAIL berginf@...
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    • Ron Goldman
      from: http://globeandmail.workopolis.com/servlet/News/fasttrack/20010522/RVOLK One of the key aspects of the Simputer is that it reads information aloud in
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        from: http://globeandmail.workopolis.com/servlet/News/fasttrack/20010522/RVOLK

        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 --
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