The Alex Laptop

Following on from my post last year on the SimplicITy computer, a new laptop has been launched to help people confused by computers.

The Alex laptop uses a subscription based service which includes telephone support, software updates and broadband access.  The programs are simplified to reduce the learning curve and enable users to get up and running more quickly.  A number of screenshots can be found on flickr.

I can see this being a very useful tool in building up the confidence of those users just starting out and therefore another important step in the path to greater IT literacy and digital inclusion.

Tech Note:

Like the SimplicITy, Alex is also built on the open source operating system Linux which gives developers the freedom to customise the user interface to meet the needs of specific users as in this case.

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