[Noisebridge-discuss] interesting DIY blurb of DIY in the 3rd world
girlgeek at wt.net
Thu Jul 7 12:04:14 PDT 2011
Thank you Mitch. I had already been wondering how such an item would
work. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=92429 .
I'll be trying to replicate this at NB within the next week or 2. If
anyone who has a vague idea what they are doing wants to work on this
with me, please let me know.
On 7/6/2011 3:56 PM, Mitch Altman wrote:
> Interesting blurb from SFGate about DIY in the 3rd world:
> DIY internet spreading through Middle East and Africa
> Did you know that people in Kenya, Afghanistan and Pakistan are
> building their own wireless networks out of found materials? Just $60
> of everyday items such as wood, cans, plastic tubs, wires and car
> batteries can provide internet service for hundreds of people. It's
> like the "telephone" of your youth and the best /MacGyver/ episode
> ever, all rolled up into one.
> Courtesy MIT's Fab Lab
> It works like this: A single commercial wireless router is mounted on
> radio frequency reflectors and covered in a metal mesh. Another
> router/reflector pair is set up at a distance. The two routers
> establish a network that can be used by anybody with a reflector. To
> build a reflector, all you need is a material --- wood, metal,
> plastic, stone or clay --- that can mount the metal mesh. The system
> can be powered with an automobile battery, so it doesn't have to rely
> on fickle developing-world power grids.
> The goal is simply internet access for all. And, believe it or not,
> networks are up and running in Kenya, Jalalabad, Pakistan, and in
> various hospitals and clinics around Afghanistan. The project is
> supported by MIT's Fab Lab <http://fabfi.fablab.af/index.html>. Some
> of the scientists involved in the project are paying for it out of
> pocket, with some help from the National Science Foundation.
> It's an open-source project, so if you're interested in building a DYI
> network here in the shadow of Silicon Valley, just hit up the wiki
> Hat tip to Fast Company
> for this awesome story.
> Posted By: Cameron Scott
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> 02 2011 at 01:45 PM
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