Indian Handheld SIMputer

  • From: "M.K. Chatterji" <chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2002 16:50:13 -0500

India's new "Simputer" -- a handheld computer whose name was chosen to
suggest that it is simple, inexpensive, and multilingual -- will cost
between 10,500 to 23,000 rupees ($214-469), in a country where the average
per capita income is about $450. Using a Linux operating system, the device
will have applications for voicemail, text-to-speech translation, and
Internet access, and will be powered by an Intel StrongARM processor and
two AA batteries. Random-access memory options will be 32 or 64 megabytes.
The Simputer was designed by engineers at Encore Software and professors
from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, and will be marketed
through a few large Indian technology companies. (Reuters/San Jose Mercury
News 5 Jul 2002)

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