Cow-er power wins udderly

Cow-er power wins udderly

Horse... err… cow power leads the way.

The One Laptop Per Child program continues to leap hurdles – this time concerning power sources.

Arjun Sarwal, one of the members of the OLPC foundation in India, has announced that the charity plans on using cows to drive a power generator created from some very rudimentary parts. The system uses a setup of belts and pulleys to drive an alternator. Due to the lack of reliable sunlight, strong-flowing water, or heavy winds in the area, livestock make a logical power source because of its abundance.

It’s not all success in the OLPC camp, though. Another production delay has hit, causing a shortage of laptops available for shipment to the first two countries to have ordered systems, Peru and Uruguay. This shortage may also effect the Give 1 Get 1 initiative, which allows people to buy one of the nifty notebooks at the price of two machines, with the second machine being donated back to a developing country.

The $188 laptop was intended to start production in October, but due to some “last-minute bugs” production was delayed. This inability to manufacture the systems to meet demand may affect the overall success of the program.

The final features list includes 1GB of flash memory, 256MB of RAM, a small mechanical device capable of charging the battery on its own, a digital video camera and microphone, wireless connectivity and a Fedora-derived OS with features specifically updated per region. One interesting feature that’s been added concerns the display – a button push changes it from color to black-and-white, to aid viewing in direct sunlight.

Another respectable feat, made possible due to the absence of mechanical parts (no hard drive or optical drive) and other power-saving methods is the power consumption - the system is rated at a mere two watts of power. To put this in perspective, the iPhone is rated at 5.18W.

Will you be participating in the G1G1 promotion? Share your thoughts and comments over in the forums.


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steveo_mcg 26th October 2007, 14:09 Quote
I'll be up for g1g1 if it comes with a bovine based charger!
wolff000 26th October 2007, 14:17 Quote
I would if I had the extra cash. I wouldn't mind playing with this bit of kit.
Hugo 26th October 2007, 14:33 Quote
This is Udderly ridiculous. Stop milking the opportunity to slip in a few cheesy jokes Joe!
Bungle 26th October 2007, 14:46 Quote
I wouldn't believe every story that comes from the Bit-Tech Team. This story for instance. What a load of bull.:D
CardJoe 26th October 2007, 15:32 Quote
Originally Posted by Archangel
This is Udderly ridiculous. Stop milking the opportunity to slip in a few cheesy jokes Joe!

Don't blame me - Phil wrote the article!
Nexxo 26th October 2007, 16:13 Quote
I would take the bull by the horns and tan the hide of anyone who continues to ruminate on these old cow jokes, but I don't want to end up feeling burdened by the yoke of being branded as somewone who likes to cow people by whipping them with threats. In the end, it's all hay to me. :D
CardJoe 26th October 2007, 16:15 Quote
Shrimp are an amusing animal also. Haha.
Nexxo 26th October 2007, 16:17 Quote
They'll do in a pinch. Except when they get crabby.
CardJoe 26th October 2007, 16:30 Quote
Spaceraver 26th October 2007, 17:08 Quote
*WARNING* This thread has now officially derailed and are headed for the shrubbery. Cut down the largest tree in the forest with a herring!
DXR_13KE 27th October 2007, 00:12 Quote
holly cow what a bovine of a thread......
Phil Rhodes 27th October 2007, 14:26 Quote
> This thread has now officially derailed

Yeah. I'm gonna hoof it.

Bungle 28th October 2007, 17:40 Quote
I think this thread needs closing before anyone else tries to milk it.:D
NaThRo 29th October 2007, 01:26 Quote
I wonder if there's a way to link the G1G1 scheme with my World Vision sponsor child...?

I want to send him a laptop for his Birthday.
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