Operating system brings the internet to those without a connectionBy Endless Computer
The computer revolution has transformed our society, yet a staggering 4 billion people still don’t have access to affordable computers, which can prevent them from accessing knowledge, economic opportunities and connections to others that we take for granted.
While projects like Facebook’s Internet.org and Google’s Balloon Internet seek to widen online access, Endless OS founder and CEO Matt Dalio looked at the problem from another angle – why not bring online content to those without a connection via hardware and software?
Endless OS can be accessed through a $79 computer, which can be attached to any TV or computer screen and a keyboard. It is pre-loaded with one of two versions: Lite is for users with regular access to the internet and supports English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic and Bahasa language, with Bengali, Thai and Vietnamese being added. The full version is designed for users with little or no internet connection, with hundreds of apps preloaded from Khan Academy to Wikipedia, recipes and even parenting and careers advice.
The operating system is built for people with little experience with computers, based on extended groundwork in Guatemala and Bangladesh. Dalio describes his approach to connectivity as “internet optional”, which makes a huge difference in areas where broadband connections are non-existent. “We can’t give them better connectivity, but what we can do is solve it in the way we used to solve it before we had internet, and that was to have something like Encarta,” he says.
Through a Kickstarter campaign, Endless OS raised $176,538 from 1,041 backers. This helped bring the product to life, introducing it to two initial target markets: Mexico and Guatemala. “Everybody in the world deserves the option to have a computer,” said Dalio. Learn more at https://endlessm.com
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Last updated: 22nd of August, 2016