Tech giant to develop pocket computers in Ghana
Psion, a technological giant of the 1980s that pioneered pocket computers, has teamed up with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Ghana to develop the next generation of pocket computers.
Psion will work with the Department to develop the PsiXpda platform.
“PsiXpda will be breaking down barriers. PsiXpda Africa and Ghana university’s future plans will dismiss the critics, silence blame gamers, reduce the brain drain and promote values across Africa and the rest of the world,” says Mr Paul E Pinnock, Chief Executive Officer of PsiXpda Africa.
As a young Psion engineer, Mr Pinnock has received honours as the first African to use pocket computers.
“Today the original form factor is back in Africa for redevelopment and the gateway is once again opened for Africa to get with the programme,” he told Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra.
He said many now see computing as the next logical step in the evolution of portable communicators.
Mr Pinnock said computing is seen as the next revolution, and that there will be more new generations of handhelds and wearable gadgets to service the growing demand for a mobile lifestyle.
“Nations are now much more aware of the market opportunities presented by this sector, and in recent years have invested in research and development and marketing in an attempt to fulfill demand and boost their economies. However, Africa has not taken the opportunities presented by the sector.”
He said PsiXpda is ready to be first in Ghana, first for Africa, first to bridge gaps and breakdown physical and mental state “where we pitch computerised V chalkboard class rooms”.
“Where laptops are too heavy, tablets too bulky and the smartphone too small, PsiXpda SmartPDA is the logical solution to bridge the gap between the smartphone and the laptop,” he said.
He noted that Africa had unfortunately not tapped into the opportunities technology offered.
“North America, Europe, Asia, India are at the forefront delivering home grown technologies yet in Africa approximately 1.2 billion potential users are left to pick from the fallout,” Mr Pinnock added.