This IT Engineering Seminar Topic deals with the following:
Even the poorest of the poor will pay for a service, if that service improves in someway their quality of life. Several corporates are now addressing rural markets and they have the need for information and communication infrastructure in remote rural locations.
For achieving this the Simputer project was conceived during the organization of the Global Village, an International Seminar on Information Technology for Developing Countries, conducted during Bangalore IT.com event in October 1998.
If the right service is made accessible in the right way information technology can impact the lives of the people all over the world .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 knowledge of English is no longer a barrier to handling a computer.
- Bridging the Great Digital Divide
- Affordable Computing: A device which can bring benefits of IT to the people
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. It is designed to be modular and extensible and based entirely on free software from the open source initiative.
Simputer was developed indigenously by scientists from the Indian Institute of Science and technologists of Encore Software. They have started a commercial venture, PicoPeta Simputers Pvt. Ltd., to ensure that it does not, like many other promising projects, remain on the drawing board. The Simputer Trust is a non-profit trust created basically to develop technology that will help take information technology to rural areas. The Managing Trustee of the simputer trust is Mr.Vinay Deshpande. The other trustees are Vijay Chandru (IISc), Shashank Garg (Encore), Vivek.K.S (IISc), Swami Manohar (IISc), Mark Mathias (Encore), and V Vinay (IISc). Rahul Matthan (Trilegal) is the legal counsel for the Simputer Trust and has played a key role in defining the Simputer General Purpose License .
The projected cost of the Simputer is about Rs 9000 at large volumes. It uses all off-the-shelf components so they are mature technology components that do not have a very high price.