Currently the ICT4DEV working group blog and mailing list has focused on the ideas of software. However, hardware is the initial step in the word of ICT in development. Recently I visited a Boot Camp held in Cambodia. A ‘ Boot Camp’ allows for anyone to share and express ideas concerning the ICT industry.
I came across a demonstration by the Open Insititute on low cost computing. The idea was to research the use of a portable / low power consuming computer that could be deployed in isolated areas within Cambodia.
Four different scenarios were researched;
Brief Description of two scenarios.
Scenario 1 : A low powered, portable but secure solution for Windows and Linux.
Scenario 2 : A central computer with multiple users over multiple monitors and keyboards.
One solution was available for under 300 USD running under 9 Watts.
The conclusions of the experiements can be found here on a wiki.