China Watch Blog has learnt that simplicITy computers will launch on April 24 in the UK the HOMEKEY – a memory stick which transforms PC’s for less than £70, making them so easy to use that the system can justifiably claim to be revolutionary.
Sorry, I cannot confirm whether it is true or not as I have received the HOMEKEY for testing. However, simplicITy claims that it is aimed at the 8.5 million people in the UK who have never used a computer or have given up trying. They find conventional software too complicated and computers too expensive. The HOMEKEY overcomes both of these obstacles.
Memory sticks are conventionally used to store data. simplicITy computers has done something very different with them. They have loaded a USB key with their own easy to use software, the simplicity ENVELOPE, and built in video tutorials presented by Valerie Singleton.
What makes the development of the HOMEKEY so unusual is that it has been designed specifically to be used in just about any existing PC. It can provide a way to reuse many of the millions of computers that end up on the scrap heap each year. The HOMEKEY makes it possible to give these machines a second life, saving on the cost of computing and reducing the cost of waste.
Retailing at £69.95 the simple to use software combined with recycled machines can cut the price of a computer massively making it possible to get the majority of that 8.5 million on to a computer. This is hugely important if the Government’s ambition to get everyone online is to be achieved.
Now children and grandchildren can pass on their used computers to loved ones knowing that with a HOMEKEY they will be able to master the computer quickly. It will also benefit anyone living in residential care, social, sheltered or supported housing, enhancing their independence and reducing their isolation. Even children having difficulty with computers can use the HOMEKEY.
As Valerie Singleton, celebrated broadcaster and a founding director of simplicITy says: “ It’s a major disadvantage not being able to use a computer or the internet, but with the HOMEKEY, a complete beginner – or someone who has given up because normal PC’s are too complicated – could be sending an email or exploring the web in less than an hour.”
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