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image of Literacy Bridge's talking bookARM designs chips and effectively acts as an outsourced research and development partner for thousands of the world’s technology businesses. ARM designs are found in the majority of the world’s mobiles phones, in cars, in tablets and in the majority of DTVs, home entertainment systems and white goods from washing machines to coffee machines. There are some 125 ARM-powered products shipped every second. It is estimated that ARM saves the industry $20 billion a year. It is because ARM technology is available to so many businesses, that there is a wide diversity of products, from phablet to tablets, mobiles to super and smartphones.

We support projects that are simply just about technology doing the right thing for people

  • ARM is committed to being a leader in sustainability as part of achieving its vision and establishing leadership across the technology business world.
  • Our approach is to align our sustainability activities with our business strategy and tap into the enthusiasm and expertise across ARM.
  • We think that good ideas for the world can act as a lens for innovation.
  • ARM is collaborating with others and taking a lead on addressing the key global issues where we believe we can make the most difference:
    • Energy efficiency;
    • Extending the benefits of technology to the next billion consumers.

Zone V

Abhi Naha (CEO and Founder) of Zone V Ltd is a Cambridge UK startup. Zone V empowers blind people through specially designed mobile devices. ARM supports Zone V. For each smartphone sold in developed countries to blind, partially and regularly sighted seniors, a phone is available to a blind woman in India without cost. Of the 284 million blind and partially sighted people in the world, two-thirds are women and 90% live in developing countries.

Literacy Bridge

No Electricity, No Literacy

Literacy Bridge helps illiterate African communities. Using unique ARM silicon, Literacy Bridge’s goal is to help 150,000 people over 3 years. The Talking Book Program.

Try to imagine life without searching online, watching TV, talking on the phone, or even having a local library to visit. How would you get by? Where would you turn to learn new information? Amazingly, this is the reality for millions of people.

Literacy Bridge saves lives and improves the livelihoods of impoverished families through comprehensive programs that provide on-demand access to locally relevant knowledge. At the heart of the program is the Talking Book, an innovative low-cost audio computer.

The Talking Book provides very simple and actionable instructional messages that can be played repeatedly. Unlike ordinary recordings, the Talking Book applications allow users to engage with the device in a more interactive way, such as providing multiple choice quizzes and messages with embedded hyperlinks. The programmable applications provide a very inexpensive route for illiterate communities to learn and adopt new practices to fight poverty and disease, particularly in the areas of agriculture and health education.

Literacy Bridge, together with the University of Michigan's Department of Electrical Engineering, is currently working on a design for the Talking Book that will replace most of the components on the circuit board. It will include the ARM Cortex™-M0 together with spoken audio options and its own operating system.

"We are looking to dramatically reduce the energy requirements and unit cost of the Talking Books and hope to be able to bring them down to around $10," commented Cliff Schmidt, Executive Director of Literacy Bridge.

"The world’s poorest 2.6 billion people live on $2 per day, or even less, and they make up approximately 40% of the earth’s population. So cost is the key in designing a technology device for this sector," commented Schmidt.


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