Thursday, November 29, 2007

8 Watt Computer for Rural Africa

source: http://sustainabledesignupdate.com/?p=429

Aleuta
Aleutia Computer - 8 Watts of Linux Power

(This is a reposting with minor editing from the Aleutia Website)

Aleutia Works in places other computers don’t.

  • During peak performance, the Aluetia E1 consumes just 8W of power, 4% of what a typical (200W) desktop uses. Runs off a car battery or a cheap solar panel.
  • Keep Working During Power Cuts! A UPS that will keep a standard desktop running for 15 minutes will power an E1 for 6.5 hours!
  • Everything is stored on a CF card, which can be instantly removed to ensure security of your information.
  • Efficient web browser for slow Internet connections. (should be blazing fast w/ broadband)
  • Discounted 5-Pack for rural schools available, with low-power displays, solar panel, and battery.

Every application you need and as fast as XP

Puppy Linux is pre-installed. Completely Stable and Fast!

  • Practically identical interface to Windows, no learning curve required!
  • Office-compatible - create/modify/save Excel and Word files, or even PDFs.
  • Spreadsheet program opens in 3 seconds.

Works Off-the-Grid, Available with LCD, Solar Panel

For aid workers, meteorologists, field engineers, and people on the move.

  • Ultra-portable version: E1 with 8″ Display, foldable solar panel, and lightweight battery.
  • Fits in laptop bag, takes 5 minutes to set up.
  • Display and E1 run for 3.5 hours on a charge. Can recharge by car.

Or buy a kit with roof-mounted solar panel and 9kgs battery for less!

  • Ideal for healthcare clinics, remote offices, or just individuals without power.
  • 30 minute set up.
  • Will power E1 and display for 13 hours on a charge.

Linux seems to be so efficient, requiring smaller hard drives and ram.

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