MIT Fab Lab Helping Villagers Build DIY Wireless Internet Networks With Found Materials
Posted By Cameron Scott On July 3, 2011 @ 4:55 pm In Design,DIY,green gadgets,Green Technology,humanitarian design,Innovation,News,Recycled Materials,Social Design | No Comments
Here’s an incredible story about upcycling and human ingenuity to brighten your weekend: the MIT Fab Lab  is teaching people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kenya how to make their own DIY wireless internet networks  out of easily found local materials. Just $60 of readily accessible materials like cans, wire, and plastic tubs can stretch an ad-hoc network made of two over-the-counter routers and make it work for thousands of people. A simple car battery can power the system, so there’s no electrical infrastructure required – which is a boon to villages in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan where an electrical grid is unreliable or nonexistent. Check out the story on SFGate  if you want to find out how to build your own network – it can be done virtually anywhere!
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 MIT Fab Lab: http://fabfi.fablab.af/index.html
 DIY wireless internet networks: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=92429
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