Brining Internet To Developing Countries Via Portable Solar Wi-Fi When the idea of the $100 laptop came about, one of Bill Gates’ largest criticisms was that what good is a computer without the internet. Sure, there would be word processing applications and the like, but in this day in age, a computer without the internet is on the verge of being useless.

This is where a non-profit organization called Green Wi-Fi got involved. Their focus is on the digital divide, and they’ve come up with a way using solar power to provide internet to these developing areas. It does not require electricity, and it is ready to go out of the box. They use what is called ‘Green WiFi nodes’ that are placed all around an area on various rooftops. The nodes are able to form a self-healing network in which the signal covers a 802.11 b/g grid. They consist of a solar panel, battery, and a router.

Green Wi-Fi does have a prototype that they are testing in San Francisco that is pictured above. Everyone deserves the chance to have access to internet which provides so many resources. There’s an estimated 3 billion children under the age of 15 who are growing up in developing countries without the technology that children in developed countries couldn’t imagine living without.

While projects such as the $100 laptop (which is now priced higher) have received some criticism, both the laptop project and now the Green Wi-Fi are good steps, and important steps in helping to eliminate the digital divide.

News Source: TreeHugger