Updated: 5/16/2006; 4:20:57 PM.

Digital Development
Communications and info tech in developing countries, especially wireless broadband and high-value applications


daily link  Wednesday, September 15, 2004


Low cost email over satellite: Nice analysis of RBGAN costs by Humaninet.  Result is 12-18 cents per average message.  5:27:55 PM  permalink  

Electrovaya - Powerpad:  Laptop extender batteries that fit under the unit and supply power for "up to 12 hours" when fully charged.  $200-500.  5:21:22 PM  permalink  

SunWize Portable Energy System: "The SunWize Portable Energy System converts sunlight into electricity, allowing the user freedom to recharge a handset or other portable device anywhere the sun shines. The system is lightweight, weather-resistant, highly durable, .. UL listed, CE certified and has a system output of 8.5 watts.  Built into the product is the patented SunWize OPTI-Meter LCD metering system that instantly measures sunlight intensity and allows optimum placement of the panel.  The SunWize Portable Energy System is designed for daily field use. The 9.9 watt solar panel is constructed using a proprietary process in which the highest efficiency, single-crystal photovoltaic cells are permanently encased in rugged, weather-resistant urethane plastic. The panelís nine-foot cord winds on a spool recessed into the back of the panel. A hinged metal stand folds flush into the panelís back side. "  Can output a variety of voltages.  Can be combined with a second panel to double output.  Price currently about $360.

Or, on a larger scale, The EN-R-Pak solar-powered portable power generation system, 50w panel bundled with battery to deliver 200w maximum, for about $2200.

  5:17:07 PM  permalink  

DIGITAL LITERACY FOR DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS: Announcing a new online course, "Digital Literacy for Agricultural Professionals":  "A growing number of agricultural professionals now have Internet access but many are not quite sure what resources this makes available, how to best access these resources, or how to use the Internet in support of their work or to develop themselves professionally. This course is designed to help learners overcome these uncertainties"  10:29:27 AM  permalink  

Design that Matters: "DtM acts as bridge to bring problems identified by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the communities into the classroom for university engineering and business students to tackle in their courses and research. "  Affiliated with MIT and a design course there.   10:27:56 AM  permalink  

TechSoup Skillsoft online training:  Tech courses available to nonprofit staff at cut rates ($35-150) until end-2004.   10:24:15 AM  permalink  

 
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