Pedal-Powered Laptops Tested in Afghanistan

We've always been a fan of the OLPC initiative. It's hard not to like an organisation that works so hard to help educate children in developing countries but what we like most are the innovative solutions the OLPC team comes up with when faced with problems.

This week OLP Afghanistan, which has been running for about a year, announced a few technical developments, one being a prototype for a pedal-powered version of XO laptop. Previously, machines deployed in areas where power is an issue have been charged via a hand-crank. However, OLPC Afghanistan has taken the Freeplay hand crank and connected it to the feet, which can more easily provide power. OLPC says doing so should make it much easier to deploy the laptop to countryside / rural areas.

Check out the video below.

 

OLPC Pedal-powered XO Laptop

For more on what OLPC Afghanistan is up to, check out the rest of the blog post by clicking here.

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  • Anonymous
    Ha. This belongs in America, not Afghanistan. Gotta get this fat country in shape.
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  • sstym
    "We've always been a been of the OLPC initiative"
    I assume you meant "Been a fan"

    Anyhoo.

    Good idea. I can also see that as a helpful tool for overweight kids in industrialized nations.
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  • wildwell
    These are awesome. We definitely need them here too. Lower your body-mass index and your carbon footprint! Ha ha.
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  • sstym
    "We've always been a been of the OLPC initiative"
    I assume you meant "Been a fan"

    Anyhoo.

    Good idea. I can also see that as a helpful tool for overweight kids in industrialized nations.
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  • Anonymous
    Ha. This belongs in America, not Afghanistan. Gotta get this fat country in shape.
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  • socrates047
    i think this might cure internet addiction, for kids who are obese, if we were to go with the stereotype of how internet addicts are obese.
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