The word ‘Simputer’ is an acronym for ‘simple, inexpensive and multilingual people’s computer’. It is a small, inexpensive, handheld computer, intended to bring computing power to developing countries. It includes textto-speech software and runs the GNU/ Linux operating systems. The device was designed by the Simputer Trust, a non-profit organisation formed in November 1999. Simputers are generally used in environments where computing devices such as PCs cannot be used.