There are 7 billion people in the world today. Nearly 5 billion people have no computers globally and that’s a huge problem caused by the fact that many of them cannot even afford their own basic needs.
Computers on the market today are useless without the internet. 60% of the world sits outside the internet’s reach, including 3.2 billion people living in only 20 countries. Computer sales are declining due to longer replacement cycles, but the number of PC users goes up every year. 14% of the computers sold last year were sold to first-time buyers.
Endless, a US-based firm recently launched its flagship computer named Endless running on its own hardware and Endless OS, tailored to the unique challenges of the developing world. The $170 computer runs a modern mobile operating systems, but with the power of a full desktop OS, and an app ecosystem that includes an office suite, games, a photo editor, and more.
Matt Dalio, CEO and Chief of Product. “We are not a nonprofit. We are a business based on one belief. A computer can change a life. If you can make that affordable to more people, people will buy it. We believe that there are many who will.”
Build for people in developing markets Endless has over 100 apps ranging from health to recipes that work without internet and come with pre-installed Wikipedia, Khan Academy, curricula, and educational games. Family businesses have a suite of applications from spreadsheets to training in micro-entrepreneurship.
Endless is set to go to market in Mexico and Guatemala, then Latin America then in Asia, the Middle East and Africa in the coming years. This guys are raising $100,000 on Kickstarter to enter their first market, and to drive awareness of their new technology.