CONTENTS INTRODUCTION AFFORDABLE COUNTING HISTORY DOWNLOADS OF SIMPUTERS IML SMARTCARD
INTRODUCTION Simputer aims at developing low cost device that can pervade the rural landscap, especially in the third world countries The simputer is a low cost portable alternative to pc’s,by which the benefits of the computer can reach the common man The key to bridging the digital device is to have shred devices that permit truly simple and natural user interfaces based on sight, touch and audio.
Def:-”Simputer is a self contained handheld computer designed for in environments where computing devices such as personal computers are deemed inappropriate.” Due to the low cost it was deemed appropriate to bring computing power to the developing countries.
AFFORDABLE COMPUTING The projected cost of the simputer is about Rs 9000 The smartcard feature that the simputer provides enables the simputer to be shared by the community This feature allows for personal information management at the individual level
HISTORY The simputer project was conceived during the organisation of the global village, conducted during bangalore IT.com event in october 1998. Expanding these discussions, introduced the word “simputer” as an obvious twist on the word computer. Simple,Inexpensive,Multi-lingual,People’s “uter”-derived from the computer
DOWNLOADS Software downloads of the simputer Tap_a_Tap IMLI Text-to-speech Smartcard X Window System files Soft mode Linux tool chain
C REATING A T EXT There are two options : Soft keyboard can be brought up on the touch screen and you poke at it to enter one character at a time. To use a novel character entry software called Tap-a-Tap Tap-a-Tap is a character input application, similar to but distinct from from graffitty characters are entered using a 3x3 grid by tapping grid interiors
Hardware downloads of the simputer The simputer run son the processor called Intel-strong arm chip which is known for its low power consumption Simputer uses the AAA batteries
IML IML-”Information Markup Language” The language has been created to suit the unique needs of the simputer and simputer is however XML based rather than HTML This is because IML is XML application and so does follow the internet standards
SMARTCARD The smart card is the basic method by which the simputer can be personalised so that it can be passed to others A users profile can also be stored in the smartcard
INTERFACES OF SIMPUTER Touch panel overlay Speaker and microphone jacks Smart-card connector USB connector Serial port Infrared data association Grey scale/STN/TFT(depends on model)
SOFTWARE PACKAGES Scheduling Calendar Voice recording and playback Spread sheet Internet and network connectivity Web-browsing and email An e-library Games J2MEand GNU(free software implementation of.net)