A solution to help Mini-mize the digital divide
More and more people are experiencing the benefits of being online. A recent report by the The World Bank stated that in the past decade the number of internet users has more than tripled - increasing from just one billion in 2005 to more than three billion at the end of 2015.
These people have a world of information, complete with the vast opportunities that computing can bring, at their fingertips. The Endless Mini, developed by a San Francisco-headquartered company, hopes to empower the billions of people who do not.
Described by its inventors as the world’s most affordable desktop computer, Endless Mini is designed for people who have little to no access to the internet, and are inexperienced computer users.
The Endless Mini is a fully functioning PC that works with a user’s own monitor (or their TV), mouse and keyboard. It has 1GB or 2GB of RAM, depending on the model, and either 24GB or 32GB of solid state storage. The computer is equipped with its own operating system, Endless OS, and is preloaded with more than 100 applications including an encyclopedia from Wikipedia, word processing, educational lectures, health tips and business advice. Further, the content on these applications is available offline, and refreshes with new information when a user is connected to the internet.
According to Matt Dalio, CEO and Chief of Product at Endless, “As the entire world shifts online, Endless Mini will be a key catalyst in bringing the unconnected people of emerging areas into the information age.”
The computer is powered by a quad-core ARM® Cortex®-A5 based Amlogic S805 SoC with an ARM Mali™-450 GPU. It enables people to run multiple applications and browse multimedia content efficiently, minimizing the bandwidth that is required.
World Bank. 2016. World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends. Washington, DC: World Bank