SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MiiPC, a new PC aimed at parents, today announces that is has raised its funding goal and over $50,000 in just 22 hours and 43 minutes from its official launch on Kickstarter at http://www.miipc.com/kickstarter. MiiPC is upsetting the traditional PC market by launching the first family computer on Android, available for just $99 on the website. MiiPC allows parents to give their young children access to the Internet under their supervision from a companion mobile app.
With total funding already secured, MiiPC will now go into production in the next 90 days, ready to be delivered to early bird backers in the summer.
MiiPC offers parents the chance to let their children surf the web, play games, watch media and do their homework, safe in the knowledge that they can make sure their children are not exposed to disturbing videos, unsuitable apps and inappropriate websites. The device comes with a HDMI connection, so it can be hooked up to computer monitors and most modern TVs and with two USB ports the whole experience is optimized to provide a true keyboard and mouse experience.
Parents also have access to a MiiPC companion mobile app giving them complete peace of mind knowing that they can monitor the real-time activities of their children from anywhere - work, the supermarket, a restaurant. While they’re on the move, parents can instantly adjust the settings that allow their children access to games, YouTube, Facebook and other distractions from homework and learning at home.
Young Song, co-founder of eMachines which was acquired by Gateway in 2004 for $265m, is the brains behind this new concept of PC aimed at parents and schools: “MiiPC was launched on Kickstarter as an experiment to see if parents would back the idea of a PC which could allow them a little supervision over what their kids are doing online. We’ve been astounded by the response and to hit our funding target in our first day live! We felt we had a great idea but it was really based on our own experience of having children in our company from a very young age through to teenagers sitting exams. But now we’ve heard the internet community loud and clear – parents want a little power back and want to curb the addictiveness of gaming apps and help their children to get on with their schoolwork.”
“We feel like we’re just getting started. The team here developed MiiPC as a simple and elegant solution. It allows you to monitor your child’s activity, but at the same time start an open and honest conversation with them about the content they’re looking at and the time they spend on different tasks.”
MiiPC was developed to stop family squabbles over the computer use, too. Multi-user accounts can be set-up for different family members, giving each different access to suitable apps and games. A parent can register any number of family members and can carefully monitor use (and misuse!) in real time on the MiiPC companion mobile app. You can see if one member is hogging the computer and make sure that every child gets their time online.
MiiPC runs on top of Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) leveraging the ever-growing Android application ecosystem. To complete the desktop computing experience MiiPC comes with pre-bundled Android apps and access to a Web Apps Center which will include productivity, games, entertainment, multimedia and educational selections.
Full specifications include:
- Processor: Marvell® ARMADA® Family Series Dual Core1.2GHz SoC / Memory: 1GB DDR System RAM
- Storage: 4GB Internal Flash (expandable via SD Slot and USB port)
- Connectivity: WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Ethernet Port, and Bluetooth (4.0)
- Connect to TV: HDMI (1080p/720p) output
- I/O: 2 USB 2.0 Ports, Speaker & Microphone Jack
- MiiPC Companion Mobile App for iOS and Android
*Keyboard, mouse & HDMI cable are sold separately
The company now aims to hit a stretch target of $100,000 and will announce stretch targets later today for the Kickstarter community. You can pre-order MiiPC now on the MiiPC Kickstarter page: www.miipc.com/kickstarter
MiiPC has been created by a team of developers at ZeroDesktop, Inc, based in Silicon Valley.
ZeroDesktop, Inc. is a leading developer of next generation Cloud Operating System and Cloud Service Brokerage Solutions for Consumers, Telecoms, OEMs, ISVs and Enterprises. The ZeroDesktop Infrastructure aggregates scattered digital content from local storage, network drives and cloud services providing unified access by PCs, tablets and mobile devices.
Combining their software expertise in Cloud technologies along with their own personal understanding and experience of family struggles with the Internet led them to conceive of MiiPC.
This is ZeroDesktop’s first product that combines hardware and software aimed at the consumer marketplace. ZeroDesktop is headquartered in San Mateo, CA and has 18 employees worldwide with development centers in both Silicon Valley and Europe.
Find MiiPC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Miipc/164658463684389 and Twitter @MiiPC4kids
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