Cost factors, low literacy, and limited access to bandwidth and power in developing regions prohibit Internet access for potential users. We believe that out of all these challenges, one of the biggest road-block in providing Internet access to developing-world users is the lack of affordable end-user computing devices.
TinyPC is a low-cost computing device specifically aimed at providing basic Internet access (web browsing, email) to developing-world urban users. TinyPC explores the use of Television sets as display devices. With TinyPC it is possible to connect a developing-world user to the Internet in price ranges well below $100.
- NSDR 2007 Paper