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simputer | ICT in Afghanistan


SIMPUTER: SIMPLE, INEXPENSIVE, MULTI-LINGUAL


website:www.simputer.org

simputer
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what: the Simputer is a low cost portable alternative to personal computers that allows access to internet technology to ‘common people’. Thanks to its hardware specifications, the Simputer is accessible in local language and it is designed in such user-friendly manner that it can be used also by illiterate people.

the logo: the term simputer is an obvious twist on the word computer. For the purpose of establishing originality, a slightly more complex acronym was invented to fit the name Simputer: Simple, Inexpensive, Multi-lingual [SIM + (com) PUTER].

who: Simputer is a registered non-profit trust with the aim of harnessing the potential of this technological tool for the benefit of all sections of society. The Trust comprises a unique combination of individuals with diverse skills from the Computer Science and Automation Department at the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and from Encore Software Ltd (Bangalore).

why: the vision of this non-profit trust is to promote the Simputer as an evolving platform for social change.

The Simputer could play “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“., says on of the promoters. Fostering a spirit of co-operation in new technologies, the Simputer meets these demands through a browser for the Information Markup Language (IML).

community approach: a “Smart Card” feature enables this product to be shared by a community. A local community member 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 a determined length of time and then pass it on to others in the community.

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 are now made possible at an affordable price.
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