Why disappointment sets in
Does anyone, for instance, remember the Simputer (seen here) - the handheld low-cost computing device introduced by Encore again (along with PicoPeta)?
Over the last eight years, the Simputer has been used by the governments of Karnataka and Chattisgarh besides for automobile engine diagnostics (M&M), and tracking iron-ore movement (Dempo), and (in some cases) by the police to track traffic offenders and issue traffic tickets.
Low-cost computing devices could effectively, and eventually, bridge the "digital divide".
However, Sumanta Mukherjee, lead PC Analyst of IDC India, cautions that while the move of the government to introduce the $35 computing device is good, the word "computing device" creates expectations in the minds of consumers.
"When these expectations are not matched, disappointment sets in," he says.
Image Courtesy: Encore Software
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