Meet Keepod, The Creators Of A $7 PC That Is Set To Deploy In African Slums
Today's technology is evolving at a vertiginous pace, with a special focus in the size of the gadgets we use. Computers are getting smaller and smaller, and the desktop PCs we were used to see might be doomed to disappear as the much smaller and portable computers are coming. Keepod is a product created in this same basis - it allows you to turn a flash drive into your own desktop, to take wherever you go.
For starters, let me say that we are not exactly talking about a PC - in fact, Keepod OS needs a PC to run on. This is an operative system (OS) based on Linux, which is thought to be used on a flash drive, making it portable and personal. Basically, users only need to plug the drive to a PC and their OS will load, bringing their personal space alongside them with no effort whatsoever.
Keepod is a startup created in Israel, even though it is know registered in the United Kingdom, and the Keepod OS is their main branch. They focus on portability, making this OS easy to transport from PC to PC leaving no trace at all. Another great thing about this OS is that it works in all computers, regardless of their native OS.
But Keepad intentions are not restricted to technology itself. The company wants to apply their OS in the real world, where people do not have that much access to computers. In order to do this, they started the Keepod Unite Project, together with the Italian NGO LiveInSlums, which aims to deliver units of Keepad OS to the populations of several African slums.
This way, a single (and old) computer could work as shell for many different users, each one having their own copy of Keepod OS. Each one of these units as an estimated cost of $7, mostly related to the flash drive. In order to get the needed funds, an Indiegogo campaign has been created with the goal of raising $38,000.
At this moment, with 18 days left in the campaign, more than $24,000 have been pledged. It can be argued that this kind of initiatives does not solve the most pressing problems affecting these countries, like the lack of food or water, but technological skills are important to build a different and improved society.
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Diogo Costa • International Innovations