Updated: 5/16/2006; 4:13:45 PM.

Digital Development
Communications and info tech in developing countries, especially wireless broadband and high-value applications


daily link  Friday, April 02, 2004


BBC NEWS | Technology | Simputer for poor goes on sale: "The Simputer was officially launched on Friday and the basic model costs around $240. .. Branded as the Amida Simputer, the handheld comes in three versions. The basic model has a monochrome screen, a 206MHz processor and 64MB of memory. It also has an internal microphone, speakers and a battery that lasts for six hours."  Its site promotes it as both a personal device and a business application platform.   There are 3 Models, $240/300/480, from stripped down to one with a color screen. Features in the mid and high models:

  • Linux based, with support for a few Indian scripts built in
  • integrated SmartCard reader/writer
  • 3 USB 1.1 ports (eg, for flash memory, or GPS), one as slave (eg, peripheral to a PC, for synching or whatever)
  • infrared interface , serial interface, mic and speakers
  • Amida Alchemy, an application development suite with a text-to-speech engine
  • an accelerometer that senses the wrist motion of the user, so that a flick of the wrist can advance pages in an online book, and rotating the device can change the aspect ratio from portrait to landscape
  • support for CDMA data networks (and bundles that include internet access packages from an Indian ISP)
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