While the $100 Laptop is getting much attention these days, Green Wi-Fi is doing some equally interesting work in the space.
A number of non profit entities focus on addressing the digital divide by providing internet access to developing areas. Green WiFi addresses one of the biggest barriers to success: the lack of reliable electricity in developing areas required to power the network. Green WiFi has developed a low cost, solar-powered, standardized WiFi access solution that runs out-of-the-box with no systems integration or power requirements.
Green Wi-Fi’s mission is perfectly complementary with the $100 Laptop project, and they mention it in their mission:
Green WiFi aims to compliment and extend the power and promise of initiatives such as the UN/MIT One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, Intel’s World Ahead Program and other NGO efforts dedicated to providing affordable computing capabilities to developing areas by providing critical last mile access; last mile internet access with nothing more than a single broadband internet connection, rooftops and the sun.
Now if One Laptop Per Child can get enough orders to start manufacturing, we can see some real traction here.