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peter2002
Jan 17, 2003, 12:18 PM
Don't laugh. The new pedal powered Jhai Computer will really change the developing world. It is the first pedal powered computer that will bring the internet to poor folks living in places like Cambodia, Africa, India, etc. Over 40 nations our endorsing it and desperately want it to help bring their nations prosperity, provide email, news, crops price info, weather reports, and voice over internet to provide true communications in remote areas.

The Jhai Computer is powered by a 486, Linux, 802.11b, and it uses only 12 watts. "It has no moving parts, the lid seals up tight, and you can dunk it in water and it will still run," Felsenstein said. "The idea is to be rugged, last at least 10 years and run in both the monsoon season and the dry season."

"I've never heard of anything exactly like this being done, in this way," said Dennis Allison, the noted Stanford University electrical engineering lecturer and co-founder of the groundbreaking People's Computer Co. in the 1970s. After seeing a recent presentation by Felsenstein on the invention, he concluded: "From a social impact point of view, it's a big deal. A very big deal."

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/01/17/MN86676.DTL

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Hey, this would be great for poor folks here in the USA. About 1/3 of the people in the USA live in poverty with little access to the internet. These folks can't afford a regular computer and pay for a phone and internet access.

Pete :)

Megaquad
Jan 17, 2003, 01:09 PM
hehheh.. even iPod has stronger cpu:p

medea
Jan 17, 2003, 02:38 PM
thats really great that they were able to do that, plus you can stay fit while searching the web that way....;)
I didnt see a price though.

pantagruel
Jan 17, 2003, 06:57 PM
those people should worry about feeding themselves, not getting online. good inventon though.

macfan
Jan 17, 2003, 11:59 PM
That's a really neat invention. Not likely to change the world, but a nice piece of engineering. Cell phones will probably do more to revolutionize communications within poor countries than the web will. It has already started in many places.