In the recent weeks, the Solar Digital Library has released in Micronesia.
Doctor Laura Hosman from Cal Poly and Mr Bruce Baikie, the Executive Director of Inveneo, launched the project several months ago. The Solar Digital Library is designed by Cal Poly Solar SPELL Team based on LeMaker Banana Pi.
The Solar Digital Library is designed for remote, rural schools with no electricity or Internet access. It provides an offline digital library, through a Wi-Fi hotspot, simulates an online experience for any web-enabled device.
Last year, Doctor Laura came out an idea of low cost digital library for remote and rural area education (http://www.lemaker.org/thread-2052-1-2.html ).
Then LeMaker Team provides 53 pcs Banana Pi to help and promote the project. In December 2014. We met Laura and Bruce in Hong Kong and talked about the project and maker movements.
The students in Cal Poly’s Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies (LAES) 411 launched at the SPELL solar powered digital library prototype at the San Luis Obispo MakerSpace Expo on May 9, 2015. (https://ict4dviewsfromthefield.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/spell-solar-digital-library-prototype-debuts-at-slo-makerfaire/)
The Cal Poly Solar SPELL Team have designed the kit and trained Micronesia Peace Corps Volunteers about how to use the solar digital library on August 4 & 5, 2015. We believe that the Solar Digital Library woule be a great help on education in rural and resource-constrained area. LeMaker will continue to realize the idea of “open source, sharing, innovation, education, commonweal” .
More details about the Solar Digital Library, please refer to: https://ict4dviewsfromthefield.wordpress.com/