BRCK (pronounced BRICK) will work even when your power is down. It will switch between 3G, and 4G when your ethernet goes down. This Kickstarter project is sure to shine.
In Western hemisphere, the power is usually on and drop outs are scarce, but in some parts of developing world the electricity is not reliable and dido on the internet connection. BRCK will work off of a battery, or with battery connected to solar power recharger. Ushahidi is a company in Nairobi Kenya, that is behind this project. BRCK solves a real problem in many parts of the world. Wherever there is some internet connection, the BRCK can find it and switch to it automatically. It could be used as remote monitoring device, or as a server in remote areas.
Now, we know of Mi-Fi, the Wi-Fi hotspots, that pretty much do the same, but Mi-Fi isn’t designed to take the heat and dust nature can impose in remote or subsaharan Afrika.
Philip Walton, a software engineer for Ushahidi, says
“In building a solution for Africa, you have to take into account that just getting across town requires a four-wheel-drive, so if I build something that survives in these conditions here in Africa, it’s going to survive anywhere.”
Ushahidi is trying to raise $125,000 for this BRCK project. There are 410 backers that have paid almost half of the startup money. 2,000 units are in production now and when ready, the cost is expected to be around $200. Here is an intro video of BRCK:
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