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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

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Here’s an incredible story about upcycling and human ingenuity to brighten your weekend: the MIT Fab Lab [1] is teaching people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kenya how to make their own DIY wireless internet networks [2] 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 [2] if you want to find out how to build your own network – it can be done virtually anywhere!

Read more over at SFGate > [2]

+ Fab Lab [1]

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[1] MIT Fab Lab: http://fabfi.fablab.af/index.html

[2] DIY wireless internet networks: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/green/detail?entry_id=92429

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