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Jan 052012

Desktop computer sales are declining, music CD sales are dropping dramatically, the fax machine is almost extinct, what’s next? The law of technology evolution is coldhearted, hype is followed by insignificance and death. What’s the destiny of smart phones and laptop computers?

Clever consumer brands trained us to spend thousands of dollars for over-hyped and overpriced gadgets. Whether you watch TV or browse the Internet, almost every day we get introduced to a cooler, thinner, faster smart phone in perfect gadget quality. For us consumers in the industrialized world this kind of waste might be acceptable (I doubt it though), however, for low-income groups and people in the developing world the Digital Divide appears to become more and more obvious every day.

Have we lost our minds for what actually makes sense, what we can afford, what we really need, what’s good enough for our everyday needs?

What if one device for less than 300 bucks could do it all? Wouldn’t that be fantastic, or may I say “tablastic”?

The Education Wins (Edwin) Foundation has started a project in cooperation with Epesitec, called “Tablastic Four”, or nicknamed “Tab4”. A small group of power users and gadget lovers have signed up and committed to only use the CherryPad Edwin tablet computer for the next 90 days, no cell phone, no laptop or desktop computer, no Windows, no iOS, just a fully loaded Android 2.3 tablet computer with full phone features, mini-keyboard and bluetooth earbuds. In other words, one┬ádevice(some might refer to it as gadget) for everything, Internet browsing, emails, youtubing, facebooking, twittering, music, photos, phone calls, that’s it.

Our goal, from an Edwin (Education Wins Foundation) perspective, is to maximize Internet utilization and mobile communication worldwide. Will our project succeed? We don’t know yet, but one thing is for sure, we will learn a lot and share the findings with you. Stay tuned, subscribe to my blog and be surprised. Whenever the experts claim it can’t be done it will be done eventually, it’s just a matter of time. Our objective is to connect and unite the world via the Internet, provide unrestricted and affordable communication and meaningful content. Not just for a few, for everyone everywhere.