An operating system for those in the global south and rural communities with low technological literacy, limited access to power, and connectivity.
Mario is a farmer in the Dominican Republic he recently obtained an older smartphone from a local NGO. Learning to operate the phone took some time as the icons were unfamiliar and the phone didn’t support his native dialect. additionally because of local infrastructure constraints he only has access to wifi for 3 hours a day.
An operating system for those in the global south and rural communities with low literacy, low technological literacy with limited access to power, and connectivity.
We design this home screen based on our principles creating a design that is minimalist but has icons that are identifiable to someone who may not be as technologically literate. Additionally the use of block buttons is meant to add more ease of use to our system.
For the dialer screen, we added shortcuts such as “Mom” to minimize the steps users need to make a phone call. For contacts, we added a slider on top so users can find targeted contacts in a short amount of time. We also added the message and call shortcuts to increase efficiency.
We are proud of the taste of design. The analog screen is very familiar to our users. Function keys are in different colors to catch more attention.
We mainly focused on educating and making health resources more accessible for users. In addition to graphs and health data, we added the discover feature to provide training videos, health recipes, and articles for users. It also has a chat function where users are directly communicate with a medical professional when needed.
The music player uses a wave form scrubbing interaction so that users can precisely find a point in a song with accuracy. Radio tab is for local FM/AM stations. Users can save favorite stations or scroll between them using the same scrubbing metaphor as the music player screen.
We integrate a map into the world map page, which makes the world clock clearer than ever. Users can understand the time difference just at a glance.