“The next generation Android PC for your family with a companion parental control mobile app”
The MiiPC is a very compact computer being funded on Kickstarter aimed at families running Android’s Jelly Bean 4.2 OS. The mini PC will allow you to connect a keyboard and mouse so that it feels like any other desktop you have used, but keeps it simple with a kid friendly operating system which runs all of your favourite Android apps but under the parent’s control.
One of the best features of this is the included mobile app that is available for both Android and iOS which can monitor real-time usage and limit the amount of time your kids can use certain parts of the PC. Let’s imagine that your child should be doing their homework, a quick view of the app may show it is being used for gaming, allowing you, the parent, to efficiently lock down usage just for homework based apps! You can even view how the multiple users are spending their time on the PC through the time management side of the app.
The unit itself has 1gb of DDR memory and 4gb of internal storage, but you can expand this via USB 2.0 or the integrated SD card slot. It has Wi-Fi with Ethernet port and Bluetooth 4.0 built into the box and supports Full HD content via its HDMI port. The unit can be used with apps such as Facebook, Google chrome and even Netflix to stream movies and also comes bundled with free productivity office suites.
This looks to be a truly simple concept for not only the user, but the person controlling the usage in a world where parents are quickly losing control of what their kids are doing on the internet. Starting at $89.99 with a $30 postage charge to the UK (shipping in July) it really does deserve a second look.