Efika 5200B ProjectRemote Aid Deployment Systemin category Other
proposed by ronin on 2nd March 2006 (accepted on 20th March 2006)
posted by ronin on 3rd August 2007
Due to current demands on my time the project isnt coming along as fast as i hoped. This is as well as the difficulty i have found in sourcing a compact keyboard to use the board with seeing as the original (keyboard) has failed.
Apart from that, I have heard of the EWB challenge which as part of a complete solution involves providing cheap computing to an indian orphanage. When I was informed about it i thought the EFIKA would be the perfect platform on which to run because it is small, compact and uses a fraction of the power of a laptop which is many times more expensive. And with the EFIKA2 coming round the corner, it will be a one stop shop for a compact system that provides the features needed.
Over the previous weeks I have been pruning down a feature list for the first release.
These should be:
A basic (mainly due to my time constraints) and simple to use interface for those who have never interacted with a computer before (i should be uploading mock ups of the interface in a few days).
A facility to create alert style messages that would match the type found in the final design.
These would include a message type and a short recording (max 2min). Ideally these would either be uploaded to a central post which an aid worker would man or transmitted to adjacent communities/nodes.
I have yet to decide on the underlying system that would support the code but the main requirement would be that it can be loaded onto a small flash card and be used as a static image.
As to the graphics card, I am using a radeon 9250 but given the pain of removing the card whenever i need to access the hard drive manually a on-board solution would be awesome and the system would be slimmed down dramatically.
And sorry for the lack of updating.