iKit Launched by iMovio

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008


iKit, a new so called easy and mobile “Simputer”, is innovated and developed by IMOVIO. Its so beautiful that it just fits ones palm. Warning to Palmtops ! By iKit you can not only do your mobile stuff but also can do all your PDA stuff and much more.

iKit is a handheld device, which runs on Linux operating system which consists of 2.8-inch screen with 320 x 240 resolution, 128MB of ROM, 64MB RAM, a 312MHz processor and the Opera mini browser. Not only this it also microSD, has Bluetooth 2.0, a QWERTY keyboard and an optional 0.3 megapixel webcam. iKit is designed as a 24*7 internet ready device. The battery lasts for three hours, with 250 hours standby. The stylish iKIT is a dedicated chat, email and internet accessory and unlike smartphones it is fully optimised for that purpose.


As I have gone through the specifications, surprisingly they were fantastic … take a look below :


– Processor: Marvell PXA270 312MHz
– Operating System: Linux 2.4.19
– User Interface GUI: Proprietary plus Trolltech QT/E 2.3.8

– Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR, supports wireless stereo headset
– (A2DP) & DUN profile
– WIFI® IEEE 802.11 b/g

– QWERTY/AZERTY + numeric keys, other languages optional

Memory Internal
– ROM: 128 MB, RAM: 64 MB SDRAM
– User data: 12MB, User media files: 23MB

Memory External
– Micro SD (up to 8GB)

– 2.8 inch QVGA, TFT, 260,000 colors, landscape

Dimensions & Weight
– 95mm (L) x 65mm (W) x 15.5mm (H)
– 113g (with battery)

– Mini-USB 1.1 used for charging, PC data exchange and wired stereo headset.

– 1050 mAh, Li-ion
– Standby Time: up to 250h
– Power-up Time: up to 3h (25% data download per hour)
– Gaming Time: up to 4h (java game)
– Charging time: 2.5-3.5 hr to full charge from flat with device power off

– Velvet Black, Satin White – other colors available to order


– Web browser Opera Mini 4.1

– POP3 / IMAP / SMTP email protocols
– Supports MSN IM

– Supports MIDI, WAV and MP3 formats
– 16mm speaker built-in, monophonic

– Supports JPG, BMP, GIF and PNG formats
– 0.3 MP fixed focus camera (Option)
– Digital zoom: Up to 3X smooth digital zoom with 7 steps

– 3GP, MP4 and AVI format, Maximum size QVGA
– 25 fps video playback for QVGA size video clips
– Support full-screen display

– JTWI / JSR75 compliant


PC Sync
– With Outlook 2000/2003 & Outlook Express v6 (emails, contacts, calendar)

Personal Features
– Calculator
– Media folder
– Notepad
– World clock
– Alarm clock
– Stop Watch
– Countdown Timer

Contact List
– Maximum 2,000 records

– Maximum 1,000 events

In the Box

– iKIT
– Battery
– Mini USB / USB cable
– USB stereo earpiece
– Charger
– User guide and CD


– Regards World Desk


India’s First Mission To Moon – Chandrayaan 1

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

PSLV Chandrayaan1

Courtesy: ISRO, India

It looks as if the dream come true, the Chandrayaan-1 mission is India’s first lunar spacecraft, which was announced by Ex Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Indian Independence Day, August 15, 2003. He said “Our country is now ready to fly high in the field of science. I am pleased to announce that India will send her own spacecraft to the moon by 2008. It is being named Chandrayaan-1“. Chandrayaan (an ancient Sanskrit word) means “Moon Craft”. The maiden journey of the moon probe is expected to be on 22 October 2008. According to astrologers also, this auspicious date is good for the mission.

Chandrayaan1 - Structure

The Main Objectives are :

  • To expand scientific knowledge about the moon.
  • To upgrade India’s technological capability.
  • To provide challenging opportunities for planetary.

Chandrayaan-1 aims to achieve these well defined objectives through high resolution remote sensing of the moon in the visible, near infrared, microwave and X-ray regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. With this, preparation of a 3-dimensional atlas of the lunar surface and chemical mapping of entire lunar surface is envisaged.

Chandrayaan1 - Assembly

Chandrayaan-1 consists of 5 Indian payloads :

  1. Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC)
  2. Hyperspectral Imager (HySI)
  3. Lunar Laser Ranging Instrument (LLRI)
  4. High Energy X-ray Spectrometer (HEX)
  5. Moon Impact Probe (MIP)

It also consists of six abroad payloads :

  1. Chandrayaan-1 Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (C1XS) – by Rutherford Appleton Laboratory of England and ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore.
  2. Smart Near Infrared Spectrometer (SIR-2) – by Max Plank Institute of Germany.
  3. Sub keV Atom Reflecting Analyser (SARA) – by Swedish Institute of Space Physics and Space Physics Laboratory (SPL) of ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre built its processing electronics.
  4. Radiation Dose Monitor (RADOM) – by Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  5. Mini Syntheic Aperture Radar (MiniSAR) – by Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory and Naval Air Warfare Centre, USA through NASA.
  6. Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) – by Brown University and Jet Propulsion Laboratory through NASA.

Chandrayaan1 - Orbit

The Trajectory of Chandrayaan …

The launch of Chandrayaan

– Regards World Desk