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Simputer Available?

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the virtually-available dept.

Handhelds 194

Anonymous Coward writes "The Simputer (marketed by PicoPeta, the inventors and manufactured by the Defence Electronics PSU - BEL) has a website now and is available for sale (including outside India). Some pics can be found at the picture gallery. This story has been discussed a few times before here at /. here, here and here. Of particular note are some of the features, notably the device goes beyond the typical handheld/PDA and has some brand new innovations. For instance, it uses accelerometers to sense motion and this is used to give commands to the computer (for instance, to zoom a picture, you just have to move the Simputer towards you and to turn a page, you flick it like you would turn a page for a book. Also has an integrated smart card reader plus writer, very useful for several business applications."

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194 comments

gay (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690183)

kevin is

I hear (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690186)

Simputer is planning to outsource the tech support to America because it's cheaper. I bet people in India won't be happy about that.

Re:I hear (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690354)

Bharti in IT outsourcing deal with IBM
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business /inte rnational/8287792.htm

International Business Machines, the US computing and information technology services group, yesterday won a 10-year outsourcing contract worth up to $750m -- from an Indian company.

So, Is it time for Indians to start shouting "STOP US companies from stealing Indian jobs"???

Grow up!!

Re:I hear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690754)

Anonymous Coward responded to his own submission. That's cheeky.

Now he's responding to his own response. Oh sweet irony!

Over-correction (5, Insightful)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690190)

Although I don't have the problem yet, many old folks have problems focusing at certain distances.. this causes them to move paper or a PDA back and forth.. which would zoom/shrink. They aren't necessarily zooming, so much as finding a focal point... this might lead to some serious over-correction as you try and find a usable size and focal point. hope you can turn it off.

Re:Over-correction (4, Interesting)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690279)

I was thinking the same thing, but I also had another concern ...how much did it cost to implement that feature? I have done some robot building in my day and pretty crappy accelerometer costs 25 - 40$.

Re:Accelerometers @ ~$15 retail (4, Informative)

YetAnotherGeekGuy (715152) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690433)

pretty crappy accelerometer costs 25 - 40$

You can get a 2-axis Analog Devices accelerometer kit for $19.50 for the Mark III mini-sumo robot at The Mark III Store [junun.org] (scroll down a page to the "Accelerometer Kit"). There's a handful of discrete components, and this is essentially a retail price, so figure $15.

The part is actually a MEMS device, so figure 1) a manufacturer can probably buy it at half that price in volume, and 2) there are cheaper non-MEMS devices available on the market.

Re:Over-correction (3, Funny)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690439)

"...accelerometer costs 25 - 40$."

Ah, but they don't have to pay to import it from India.

Re:Over-correction (4, Funny)

JPriest (547211) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690405)

Fsck the PDA, I like the teenager [amidasimputer.com] in the first pic.

Amida: "I know this is a bad neighborhood and you are not wearing much, but we need you to pretent like you are using the product and you would do this in your free time."

Vehicles (3, Insightful)

gid13 (620803) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690191)

Accelerometers sense motion to zoom, eh?

They had BETTER have an option to turn that off, or else it sure would make using it on a bus interesting.

Re:Vehicles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690331)

Yeah, except for the fact that at a constant driving speed (read: the speed at which the bus drives), acceleration is 0 and the damn thing won't even know you're moving.

Acceleration = positive CHANGE in speed

Re:Vehicles (1)

Jameth (664111) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690360)

Apparently you haven't ridden on any of the buses I have. Buses have very sharp starts and stops rather regularly. Now, a regular person's car would likely be fine, but buses aren't so smooth.

Re:Vehicles (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690460)

Yeah, well, actually I haven't ridden on many buses, as I own my own somewhat expensive car.

Re:Vehicles (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690490)

Fuck you.

Re:Vehicles (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690541)

Fuck you

Re:Vehicles (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690587)

No fuck you.

Re:Vehicles (1)

thestarz (719386) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690417)

Acceleration = positive CHANGE in speed

Actually a negative change in speed would also count as acceleration.

Re:Vehicles (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690450)

Acceleration is defined as a change in velocity. Velocity is made up of speed and direction.

Change in direction is also acceleration.

Re:Vehicles (2, Funny)

Timmeh (555676) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690668)

I understand you're trolling, but that's a funny thing you've got going on there, being able to reach a constant speed from a dead stop without accelerating.

Re:Vehicles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690340)

Accelerometers sense motion to zoom, eh?


They had BETTER have an option to turn that off, or else it sure would make using it on a bus interesting.


If they calibrate it correctly then the image will look as though it's not moving when the bus jolts. I doubt however that my amazing idea is easily achievable by lesser beings.

I may one day bless the world with my inventions. I haven't yet decided if any of you are worthy.

very cool (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690192)

but how is this going to solve the nigger problem?

(too many niggers, you see)

I'm sceptical about... (2, Interesting)

rokzy (687636) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690194)

accelerometers. seems like an over-engineered solution to trivial problems, and it's easy to imagine it being more annoying than useful e.g. when looking something up while walking.

look at the modern mobile phones e.g. Sony Ericsson P900 5-way jog-wheel, that's an excellent example of innovation - very simple and very effective.

Re:I'm sceptical about... (4, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690247)

The accelerometers are not intended for the user. They are for the benifit of the Simputer so it realises when it has been dropped or flung in the direction of a wall by an irate user and has time to say its prayers

Re:I'm sceptical about... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690265)

Overengineered?

How about simple and cheap as hell?

Now an accelerometer is just another surface feature on a chip. It's cheaper than a button.

The Perfect PDA for Your Robot (1)

YetAnotherGeekGuy (715152) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690348)

Independent of the applications' use of accelerometers, this would be the perfect candidate for the controller in a roaming home robot. Using the accelerometer you could significantly improve on its navigation capabilities. I just ran across a book on this last weekend The Ultimate Palm Robot [amazon.com] , by Kevin Mukhar and Dave Johnson. And now I find the perfect controller for it, too. Coincidence or Kismet?

optical mice (1)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690566)

a little video camera connected to an custom image processing ASIC seems like an over-engineered solution to a trivial problem. But, it reduces the parts count and maintence, and one day I suspect it'll soon be cheaper to manufacture than mechanical mice.

Accelerometers may sound spiffy today, but in reality, it's just a special process applied to the chips & can be made in bulk. The lack of dust openings and the ability to integrate into other chips may also make it cheaper in the long run.

Re:optical mice (1)

rokzy (687636) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690812)

I don't just mean the technology, I mean the implementation in general.

e.g. turning pages by turning the PDA seems "intuitive", but what about when you turn the PDA to show someone else or for any other reason? imo, compared with something like a mouse wheel or a touch-screen "next" button, the acceleromaters make things more complicated and cause more problems than they solve.

Here's an equation for ya... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690195)

Pictures of a teenage girl with her midriff exposed + slashdot = /.'d before first comment!


So, was the story interesting? :P

/.ed (3, Informative)

amigoro (761348) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690200)

Original site has no cache: However, here is the A google cache of simputer.com [google.co.th]

Moderate this comment
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simputer.com site is now working again (1)

amigoro (761348) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690209)

Simputer.com [simputer.org] is now back up. No need for the google cache.

site (-1, Flamebait)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690220)

looks liek was running on a simputer...

MOD UP +ELEVENTY FUNNY! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690263)

I've never heard a "looks like the site was running on a (whatever hardware we're talking about)" joke before!

Too much teh funny!

MOD UP +TEH FUNNY! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690380)

I've never heard a "hey I mock the over used joke" joke before! Even used "teh" instead of "the"! Classic!

Re:site (OT) (-1, Offtopic)

danharan (714822) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690266)

Current death toll from Amnesty International's actions in Nepal: 9000


If you are going to troll against Amnesty in your sig, the least you could do is link to an article, or even just write a journal entry about it.

Re:site (OT) (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690528)

sadly im not trolling. I wish i was though.

Not quite... (-1, Offtopic)

AntiPasto (168263) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690235)

There's not even a link to ANY information ANYWHERE about actually ordering, or even a PRICE. Nice try, michael...

Re:Not quite... (1)

haluness (219661) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690244)

Price is on the frontpage (right hand side) in rupees (9950 to be precise)

The price is the sweet spot of the market (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690318)

$222 USD or $182 EUR.

If this technology will be simple, intuitive, and worthwhile, maybe it will persuade me to use it.

Since this is an open-source project, I wonder if it will suffer from the kind of awful feature-itis that a lot of OSS projects have... and the interface will go downhill.

Did you read the article? (3, Informative)

cgenman (325138) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690306)

I know few people read the articles, but why don't people read the articles before they complain about the article's percieved lack of information?

Try the buy link [amidasimputer.com] . Or just compare models [amidasimputer.com] .

And next time, make sure you read the article and not just the Google Cache when somebody says a website was updated.

Re:Not quite... (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690352)

The FAQ says about 9000 rupees. Doesn't seem like that great a deal personally...

Re:Not quite... (1)

wed128 (722152) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690455)

yea, i don't even think i've played that much zelda!!!

Re:Not quite... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690494)

INR 9000 is approx $200.

Zoom function (-1)

p00p5m1th (627042) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690243)

you just move it towards you to zoom in on things? on first reflection, that doesn't sound particularily innovative...

Re:Zoom function (3, Funny)

jest3r (458429) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690305)

to zoom in you move the simputer closer to you ..

you can rotate the display by holding the simputer and twisting your wrist ...

if you toss the simputer directly above you its homing technology will cause it to fall back down towards you ...

and it will automatically shut itself down once the battery is dead ... how convenient.

Zoom-Zoom (4, Interesting)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690513)

I believe moving towards you to zoom in has already been implemented at the physical layer, but they can't claim the laws of Physics as a feature.

The feature may have some interesting effects, with the optical zoom interacting with the on-screen zoom.

But as someone mentioned, a jolt on a bus could appear to jiggle the view window over an unmoving "document" -- the same could be done with the Z-axis, so a jolt toward you could reduce the image so as to keep the apparent size the same. (not that the screen has enough resolution to make the reduction optically perfect)

However, motion sickness is caused when the visual movement does not match that of the inner ear. I wonder how an unmoving object would be interpreted; maybe those with head-worn displays have some experience. (The reaction apparently is because many poisons cause visual distortions, so the resulting nausea is intended to trigger vomiting and remove any poisonous material which is still in the stomach.)

For those of us who don't know what a simputer is (3, Informative)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690251)

My guess is that it stands for SIMple+comPUTER

From the Google cache: [216.239.57.104]

What is a Simputer?
Bridging the Great Digital Divide

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 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.

The Simputer meets these demands through a browser for the Information Markup Language (IML). IML has been created to provide a uniform experience to users and to allow rapid development of solutions on any platform.

Re:For those of us who don't know what a simputer (1)

LordHatrus (763508) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690345)

wow... already site is swamped... going to google cache

Re:For those of us who don't know what a simputer (1)

bcattwoo (737354) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690346)

My guess is that it stands for SIMple+comPUTER

Shoot! I was hoping that this was finally going to fill all my "The Sims" playing needs!

does it run linux?? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690252)

not that i'm trolling or anything, but does it??

Re:does it run linux?? (2, Informative)

Sesostris III (730910) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690478)

It would seem from the FAQ that it doesn't run anything else!

Actually, they want to release the hardware specs under a GLP type license.

And apparently, as you are a /.er, you already know whether or not it can be used to create a Beowulf cluster!

Re:does it run linux?? (2, Informative)

InfiniteWisdom (530090) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690484)

Yes [simputer.org]

PDA accelerometers for scrolling patented (3, Informative)

code_rage (130128) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690258)

Whether you think this should be a patentable idea or not, using accelerometers to scroll a PDA display has been patented. I wonder if Simputer will be getting a "cease and desist" letter in the mail. Of course it's possible that they have already licensed it from the patent holder.

Patent number 6,466,198:
"View navigation and magnification of a hand-held device with a display" [uspto.gov]

The patent holder is called Innoventions [rotoview.com]

Re:PDA accelerometers for scrolling patented (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690358)

Explain to me how US law applies to India?

Re:PDA accelerometers for scrolling patented (3, Informative)

v1x (528604) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690443)

US law, per se, does not apply to any other country. However for countries that have ratified WTO, patents can be enforced one way or another. Secondly, even if they are not able to enforce the the patent in India, if the device is to be marketed outside India, then the laws of that country will apply. In the case of the US, Innoventions could probably get a cease & desist order blocking sales of the device in the US market.

Re:PDA accelerometers for scrolling patented (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690878)

And what would that do if US markets would block it? It's not as if the states had enough population to hurt sales.

Hot Chick (2, Funny)

hot_Karls_bad_cavern (759797) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690268)

...well, it's mostly /.'ed, but i saw the first shot of the hot girl using it as an mp3 player and i don't care what it is, i neeed it.

i need the hot chicks. Come on, this is slashdot, you were thinking it too.

Re:Hot Chick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690341)

.. umm, yeah, OK if you are into some MILF action

http://www.amidasimputer.com/gallery/stop5.php

Re:Hot Chick (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690419)

I think he's talking about the first picture in the series: http://www.amidasimputer.com/gallery/amida_teen_mg road.jpg [amidasimputer.com]

Not exactly the Indian housewife in a sari..

How do I go about getting one of those Indian arranged marriages?!?

Re:Hot Chick (4, Funny)

steveoc (2661) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690394)

To quote from the simputer site :

http://www.amidasimputer.com/tour/stop4.php

"Along with a chikki, you can play hours and hours of CD-quality music "

So, Im not sure I read the advert correctly, but it sounds like you DO actually get a Chikki with each simputer.

Either that, or they are available for purchase direct from the site. (Chikki may be available for purchase online, pursuant to the governing laws of your State)

Some Linux PDAs never hit the market (2, Informative)

wehe (135130) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690275)

Congratulations to Amida, you made it. There are some Linux PDAs, which where announced, but never became available for sale. See this survey about Linux on PDAs [tuxmobil.org] .

Behold the power of the Simputer (0, Redundant)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690276)

webserver! Buckled to it's knees with only 20 /. comments....

Re:Behold the power of the Simputer (0)

lordsilence (682367) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690311)

I guess they were actually running the site on a simputer then?

Re:Behold the power of the Simputer (1)

gantrep (627089) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690974)

Clever comment and a subscriber to boot! I like your style.

It is ran by Indians (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690334)

That should tell you something about the quality of their work.

This accelerometer thing... (2, Funny)

Cidtek (632990) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690284)

sounds like an answer to a question nobody asked. Or is it just me?

Re:This accelerometer thing... (2, Insightful)

tftp (111690) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690785)

Just you, IMO. People use hand gestures much more than the keyboard (/. excepted :-) The accelerometer can be used for many different purposes, or not used at all. If you like it, great. If you hate it, turn it off.

Seems like a dead end to me (4, Interesting)

downix (84795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690289)

I tried to contact the simputer folk on 3 different occasions to license the design to no responce. For being an "open" platform, the docs and schematics are similarly locked-down making it impossible to even do a review.

I don't get it (3, Interesting)

dont_think_twice (731805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690298)

Why is this the right type of computer for India? What is wrong with desktop PC's? We all know that a laptop costs way more then a desktop, and a tablet PC costs way more than that. This simputer sounds alot more like a tablet PC than a desktop, so I would guess it's cost would be similar.

Shouldn't the overriding factor for underdeveloped countries be the cost? Not portability and gee-whiz features like zooming by acceleratometers?

Re:I don't get it (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690322)

People in India can't afford desks to hold computers.

Re:I don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690357)

They can't afford paper to print money either.

Re:I don't get it (4, Informative)

InfiniteWisdom (530090) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690355)

Perhaps the reason you don't get it is because you're just making wild guesses without bothering to try find out any facts? It currently costs Rs.17000 (~$377) and is expected to cost about Rs.9000 ($200) when mass-produced. Even at $377 it costs way less than high-end PDAs

Try guessing a little less, and obtaining a little more information next time.

Re:I don't get it (2, Interesting)

dont_think_twice (731805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690386)

If they can build a handheld for under 400, they should be able to build a desktop for under 150 or so. That was my point. Rather than focusing on building a cheap portable, they should focus on building a cheap desktop, because it is nearly a rule of computers that desktops are cheaper than portables.

Re:I don't get it (0, Flamebait)

InfiniteWisdom (530090) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690469)

because it is nearly a rule of computers that desktops are cheaper than portables.
Really? Since when? I recently bought a Tungsten T3 for $399. And thats one of the pricier ones. A PDA with a color screen and everything can be had for as little as $150. So you have a secret source where you can buy desktop machines for $99?

Face it, you're just a narrow minded @^#$& who thinks "if its cool, it must be too good for the Indians."

Re:I don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690924)

You smell curry.

Re:I don't get it (2, Insightful)

tftp (111690) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690805)

A desktop is different from a portable (in case it is not blatantly obvious :-) This simputer thingy runs on batteries, and you can have it with you anywhere. A desktop would be sitting at your house, and you can use it only when you are at home.

You're just mad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690451)

because you're a fatty. Fats. And your website is attrocious.

Re:I don't get it (2, Interesting)

Kaboom13 (235759) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690651)

$377 is more expensive then most PocketPC's. The top of the line Dell Axim X3 is $315. The specs on it far exceed the stats I've found(not 100% about their accuracy for the final model) for this Simputer. The cheap X3, at $200, still beats it. While it might have it's niche, it's definitly not cheap.

Re:I don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690905)

Yeah, but theirs runs Linux, so you don't have to pay the Microsoft tax!

Re:I don't get it (2, Interesting)

maeka (518272) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690707)

This device (excluding the smartcard slot and USB ports) has the features of a (very) low end PalmOS machine with the price of a (very) high end PocketPC.
The model that is expected to cost $200 dollars has a faster - more battery hungry - processor than my old Palm III, but not much more in terms of capability.

Re:I don't get it (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690356)

This simputer sounds alot more like a tablet PC than a desktop, so I would guess it's cost would be similar. Shouldn't the overriding factor for underdeveloped countries be the cost?
Well, your guess is wrong. The cost of a simputer is meant to be in the sub-$200 range, far cheaper than any desktop, laptop, or tablet PC.

Re:I don't get it (1)

dont_think_twice (731805) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690398)

I should have phrased that "the cost ratio would be similar". Obviously, they are not selling 3000 dollar simputers in India. But if they can build relatively cheap portables, they should be able to build cheap desktops for even less.

death by snusnu (2, Funny)

meeotch (524339) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690339)

"For instance, it uses accelerometers to sense motion and this is used to give commands to the computer"

This does not simpute. Simputer will return after deciding your punishment.

mitch

Re:death by snusnu (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690426)

This does not simpute. Simputer will return after deciding your punishment

Gee, it sounds a lot like Landru [incompetech.com] .

Re:death by snusnu (1)

J. T. MacLeod (111094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690486)

Slashdot has lost its hard core geeks. This happens to be a Futurama reference. Even if Futurama was slyly referring to something else, I'd bet he was referring to Futurama. ...not that there's anything wrong with that...

Unlooper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690362)

"Also has an integrated smart card reader plus writer, very useful for several business applications."

Great, now I can unloop my HU cards on the go! :D

What about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690371)

... the femputer? When can I get one of those?

Re:What about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690660)

you can get one in exchange for snu snu

When can we get an official unit measurement? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690377)

I hereby propose one: the comment. A comment is the unit measurement of how fast a server can be swept over by the Mongol-Tartars. [slashdot.org] Used to describe how quickly something gets slashdotted, though not limited to slashdot itself. Eventual spread to other areas is encouraged. See also: FWICE!

example:
"Man, that was only like 10 comments before my AMD Palomino core with no heatsink melted the motherboard."

connectivity (2, Interesting)

simpl3x (238301) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690463)

bluetooth certainly adds cost to the computer, but i wonder why such technology wasn't built in, or capabilities for it added--card slot of some sort. if i recall correctly the cost was supposed to come in around 4-5 hundred dollars, which isn't bad at all. i'd love to see a review of the software--and hardware. it looks pretty polished.

Good for research in India (2, Informative)

work2play (765941) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690492)

Since their site is overwhelmed with hits, thought I should start this thread. This is good for research in India. We have all known that India is now a major player in the outsourcing market. With many other institutes also setting up R&D units in India, India's contribution to the world of research and technology will increase. This project came out of IISc - Indian Institute of Science , Bangalore and is a major step forward in the research to commercial movement in India, an area which the USA has mastered and is really good at.

Some notable features (5, Informative)

MaximusTheGreat (248770) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690551)

For those who can't access the site because it is /.ed or do not want to read the site in the ususal /. tradition, here is a summary of major features
1. Runs Linux
2. Can connect to Internet though a regular phone line or CDMA cellphone
3. Has 2 USB ports built in
4. Has a inbuilt voice recorder
5. Aslo works as a MP3 and movie player(combine with the USB storage and ...you get the idea)
6. Has lots of inbuilt apps including internet browser, email, accounting and a panchanga ( Indian calender system used to figure out auspicious inauspicious days) etc.
7. Can wrie in multiple languages using a "bhasha" notebook software inbuilt and a special keyboard.
8. Gesture input using a inbuilt accelerometer

Other benefits
http://amidasimputer.com/benefits/
And you can buy it from here:
http://www.amidasimputer.com/buy

mo3 down (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690585)

say I'M 6packing [goat.cx]

slashdotters are very stereotypical.. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690589)

Why is it that roughly 80% of the initial posts involve some sort of derision of this product? It is a computer built in India and its made to be simple yet slashdotters automatically start associating it as something cheap or stupid. Grow up people. Indians have just as much a right as anyone else to pioneer in the field of technology and they did not fucking make fun of you idiots during the dot-com bubble so don't bash their innovations.

No I am not from India. I live in North America and I am a starving coder also. I just have respect for development of technology no matter where it is made.

How about this Simpleputer? (2, Informative)

randomErr (172078) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690598)

Ya know I saw a Leapster [amazon.com] at a local big box store. It can do color and decent sound via Flash 5 [actionscript.com] and uses normal batteries. Plus the Leapster costs less then half of the price of the Simputer.

When the Simputer was first announced it was a great idea, cheap portable computing. Now I can get alomst the same thing as a toy.

MySQL strikes again. (0, Troll)

leandrod (17766) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690702)

I find it very funny that people want to use MySQL anywhere, when most of the /. effect victims fall prey to it. Even /. itself...

Sex-Toy Mods (1)

handy_vandal (606174) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690771)

For instance, it uses accelerometers to sense motion and this is used to give commands to the computer ...

Great for sex-toy mods!

Burning CDs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690801)

What does it smell curry when I burn a CD with this thing?

Re:Burning CDs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8690982)

Yup, just like yours smells like hamburger when burning CDs.

from the FAQ's (3, Funny)

wornst (317182) | more than 10 years ago | (#8690915)

6. Q: When will the Simputer be available?

A: If all goes well, by March 2002 you should be able to buy one of them.

I guess all didn't go, "well."
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