Poor internet connectivity, uncertain power supply and a simple lack of money have meant that billions have been locked out of the knowledge economy. Matt Dalio, CEO of Endless Computers, wants to change all of that with the first simplified, robust and affordable desktop aimed at emerging market consumers.
Equipped with App-based software and hardware that can cope with an uncertain power supply, Endless comes in a 32G and 500GB version both powered by 2GB of RAM.
Dalio told CNN he got the idea to create a $169 computer while he was traveling and noticed that, while most homes did not have a desktop computer, they often had an HD screen.
The idea is to effectively encapsulate the internet for consumers beyond the range of the net. Each unit comes pre-loaded with a full encyclopedia, recipes, educational lectures and health information.
After searching for the right team and launching a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than its $100,000 target in record time, Endless plans to be on sale in Mexico in May.
Consumers in the developing world, Dalio says, are no different to consumers anywhere else in the world and want something functional but also slick. "People are like you and I, they want the best that they can afford," he said. "They want something unique and beautiful and exciting and different.
Dalio says the unit has been enthusiastically received where they have conducted market research in Guatemala.
"Information is so powerful ... what we want to do is to fill this product with the information that's relevant to their lives," Dalio says. "No one in San Francisco is building a how-to-manage-your-cattle app, that's for sure."