“People are like you and I, they want the best that they can afford,” said Matt Dalio, CEO of Endless Computers. Nearly three years ago, Dalio had a vision. He noticed that in remote areas, there are typically plenty of televisions, but not desktop computers. Due to poor Internet, power supply and monetary issues, billions of people have been robbed of an array of knowledge. Dalio decided to address this problem by creating a $169 computer. He wanted to find a way to link HD televisions with smart phones through the use of a pared back desktop. Finally, after years of work, the Endless Computer was born.
This computer is considered to be revolutionary because of both its capabilities and versatility. Endless Computers set itself apart in the fact that it is considered “internet optional”. According to techcrunch.com, the product allows users who do not have Internet access to use off line applications through the system. This invention contains previously installed apps such as Wikipedia that can be accessed without an Internet connection. This makes the technology much more appealing for developing areas, where they’re often is not Internet. In addition to the off line option, Endless Computers are extremely versatile. Due to the small size of the processors, the possibilities for usage are quite literally endless.
I hold that this technology can be extremely useful, but may not catch on in most countries. On one hand, the technology can be very efficient in areas that Internet is hard to come by. The new technology even has a schooling application pre installed. This could prove to be a game changer in terms of the development of these remote countries. Through this technology, educational tactics could be enhanced and students could be reached more efficiently. Additionally, this could all be done at an affordable price and without the need for Internet. However, I do not believe that this technology will take off in the US specifically. I hold this to be true because we currently live in the age of “smart” technology. Everywhere we look, there is a smartphone, smart computer, smart TV, etc. I believe that the Endless Computer, although affordable, may not catch on due to the fact that people could be reluctant to change their current ways.