Three years ago, when I set up my current office, my connectivity was cutting edge in availability terms. That translates to 64Kbps ISDN on which I counted a realization of 20Kbps as value for money. Today, I am connected on 1Mbps, easily realizing 30 times that speed. Cost per month, three years ago: Rs.18,000/-. Cost today: Rs.5000/-.
That’s such a skewed progression that its feels almost natural that the Rs.47,000/- IBM desktop I bought then be dwarfed in performance terms by a ten thousand Rupee “Amar PC” (literally, “My PC”) brought by- surprise, surprise, an Indian company, Xenitis.
Today’s newspaper brought even better news. Mobilis. I’ll wager a lot of money on that name gaining a LOT of popularity in the coming years. Developed by Bangalore-based Encore Software Limited and the Indian
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, this little wonder should be a darling for all those people for whom wintel (Windows-Intel) is too much to chew. That’s roughly three-fourths of the world.
Mobilis has a 7.4 inch LCD/TFT screen weighs just 750 g., and supports word processing, spreadsheet, Powerpoint presentations, e-mail, Web browsing, media player (audio/video), text-to-speech, book reading and other small database applications. The billing starts below Rs. 10,000/- and goes up to Rs. 25,000/- for the Mobilis TFT with GPRS and GPS in-built.
The bad news- Encore’s website doesn’t yet carry enough information. There is a pdf brochure on the site as I write, but no specs available. The good news- I feel so proud of it all (as an Indian) that I intend to phone them tomorrow for more details.
For those of you who are too impatient- here are the links:
Its about time India led the world in something, anyway.