MIT has created a $100 Laptop that is “crankable” – hmm pretty interesting.. hehe.. Above is a pic of my project “Crank The Web” (2001) which could easily be integrated into their Sesame Street-esque design, although of course their crank only works for power generating, not bandwidth pumping like my project. Apparently, “the lime-green machines, which are about the size of a text book, will offer wireless connectivity via a mesh network of their own creation allowing peer-to-peer communication and operate in areas without a reliable electricity supply. ” Cool about the seemingly useful integration of ad-hoc networking into this device, but I’m a bit curious as to if it will really be used as I’m sure that most people who use this will just want to get access to the commercial Internet. Time will tell!
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