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Campaign Raises Funds To Send Wikipedia Readers To Kids Without Internet 97

Posted by timothy
from the billions-of-words dept.
Eloquence writes "Remember the WikiReader? It was pitched as a device that would contain the text of the entire English Wikipedia, and run on two AAA batteries for months. Unfortunately it was sold to the wrong audience: people who already have smartphones, tablets and laptops. At a cost of $20 per device, Aislinn Dewey and Victor Grigas (who works for Wikimedia) are trying to raise funds to buy up the company's inventory and ship WikiReaders to kids in places without Internet connectivity."
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Campaign Raises Funds To Send Wikipedia Readers To Kids Without Internet

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  • .. aren't they opening up the software stack on it too?

    I bet some of those same kids would hack at the software. It's a general purpose computer, after all, just running an ugly looking renderer.

    • Re:.. and why .. (Score:5, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 05, 2013 @01:04PM (#43635231)

      Source code is available here:
      https://github.com/wikireader [github.com]

  • by Frankie70 (803801) on Sunday May 05, 2013 @12:49PM (#43635159)

    ship WikiReaders to kids in places without Internet connectivity.

    There is a good chance that those WikiReaders have probably been assembled by those same kids.

  • This does work (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cphilo (768807) on Sunday May 05, 2013 @01:15PM (#43635293)
    There has already been experiments that show that this is a good idea. Children given access to computers/knowledge WILL learn and exceed expectations. http://www.npr.org/2013/05/03/179828483/can-schools-exist-in-the-cloud [npr.org]
  • by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Sunday May 05, 2013 @01:38PM (#43635433) Homepage Journal

    When I just need some text from wikipedia, I pick up the wikireader and stab at it and lo, I get it very quickly. I also have wiktionary installed so it does that as well. And I own a mobile phone with wifi and multitouch, so I could use full wikipedia. I can get results from my wikireader while I'm still waiting for the browser to load, in little more time than it takes to wake my phone up and unlock it. It's far and away faster than waking up a netbook and doing the same thing, since the ones I'm using now lack SSD...

  • At a cost of $20 per device, Aislinn Dewey and Victor Grigas (who works for Wikimedia) are trying to raise funds to buy up the company's inventory and ship WikiReaders to kids in places without Internet connectivity.

    Will the reader stand up to the physical abuse it will receive?

    Rapid attrition translates into much higher costs and limited availability. I don't altogether trust the geek's affection for dirt-cheap gadgets,

    Is the Wikipedia written at a grade school reading level?

    How closely is the English language Wikipedia tied to the third world curricula and classroom?

    Significant deployments of the OLPC laptop are almost unknown outside of Hispanic speaking Central and South America.

    There has to be a reason for tha

    • by volmtech (769154)
      I used to love it (not) when our teacher gave us a research assignment. The first ten students checked out the needed books from the library and everyone else had to use one of the two encyclopedia copies. HS class 1970.
  • in the developing world. Now in the palms of their hands, children world-wide will not only be able to read about;

    Do these wikireaders display graphics? If so, kids are in for a treat of both real pictures and hand-drawn illustrations at the above links.

  • By the way, for an hour and a half yesterday, the world thought that Orville Redenbacher died of autoerotic asphyxiation. 08:47, 5 May 2013 : http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Orville_Redenbacher&diff=553623706&oldid=552899374 [wikipedia.org] (anon edit) 10:13, 5 May 2013 : http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Orville_Redenbacher&diff=553632261&oldid=553623706 [wikipedia.org] (reversed)

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