Pure Devices Look to Bridge the "Digital Divide"

Most of the time when you think of the "Digital Divide", you may think more of the economics of the "haves" and "have nots." The "Digital Divide" is really about accessibility for groups no matter what the cause. A release caught my eye this week that will address this divide for seniors. It has been documented that getting grandma and grandpa on-line can help things like depression and cognitive skills.

Pure Devices, a Seattle based technology company focused on integrating software and hardware solutions for seniors, just launched a Kickstarter campaign to provide a product that enables people like seniors to use internet services, video telephone, online video and radio without learning how to use a computer.

The services are proposed to be cloud based and the engine running their prototype is called the Raspberry Pi - an ARM GNU/Linux box that retails for $25. Very clever system. The simple touchscreen UI/UX is claimed to be simple and intuitive.

Visit their kickstarter page and get them to their seed goal of $150,000. Let's get our grandparents on-line!


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