A new UK-based company is attempting to bridge the digital gap in Third World countries with the new Portable USB OS Drive called Keepod. The inspiration behind this noble enterprise came from a small 500,000 resident community in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. There is no safe water supply and basic sanitation is completely non-existent. There is no education system except for unorganized, smaller “street schools” that are run by inexperienced and undereducated adults who are trying to offer their children a better future. Only 10% of school-age children manage to go to college. As you might imagine, digital technologies and Internet access is a luxury that these people simply cannot afford.
The Keepod design team is the first such company to provide a bootable portable USB operating system where the hardware and software are completed compartmentalized and separate. This means that the USB can be easily used in nearly any computer, even refurbished models. Keepod claims that they have vastly improved upon older systems of WinToGo and LinuxLive “LiveUSB” technologies which were severely limited in their backup capabilities and system testing protocols.
But the Keepod is a primary operating system with several additional enhanced functions and features, including increased performance operations, optimized security protocol, enhanced reliability for system filing, and many other advancements that make this portable USB OS much more reliable for a community far from the reaches of IT tech heads and computer geeks.
The Keepod is based on the old Linux systems, with multiple web browsers, mobile apps, and social media networks, already pre-installed. It even includes the VLC media player, the LibreOffice Suite, FileZilla FTP, and many other free software inclusions.
Some very basic requirements of the host computer are clearly defined, however. In order to upload all of this information and data, the USB drive must have 8 GB of available storage space, and the host computer must have an x86 processor. A USB port version 2.0 or higher is required, 1 GB of RAM, and a display with resolution capabilities of 1024 x 768 are also needed. However, the Keepod Portable USB OS will not work on Mac Tablets, laptops, computers, or any other type of Apple device.
Many efforts have been made in the past to provide Third World countries with individual PC’s as a means to bridge the digital divide, but not much success has yet been achieved. Keepod believes that their solution is much more cost effective and much easier to replace than a broken or corrupted PC. Keepod launched a crowdfunding opportunity on Indiegogo for a targeted goal of raising a mere $38,000 for the Nairobi Portable USB OS Project.