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Solar powered IMPI Mk1 computer a boon for Africa?

Solar powered IMPI Mk1 computer a boon for Africa?

Jul 28, 2014

A solar-powered computer developed in South Africa has come under the spotlight. Capsule Technologies launched the IMPI Mk1, a low-power Android computer that runs off solar energy, in March. Specifically designed for African conditions, the technology is affordable and not vulnerable to an erratic electricity supply.

On Friday 25 July 2014, Western Cape MEC for Economic Opportunities Alan Winde visited the company, which he says has earned international attention for the Western Cape’s technology sector.

The device can be built locally using reclaimed parts, is powered by sunlight and connected by meshed WiFi that brings connectivity to communities which are currently restricted by infrastructure.

The computer requires just 20 watts to operate, and can be powered by a solar panel, making it independent from any electricity infrastructure. It supports Android 4.x.

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