Dear Ricardo and All,
This is an excellent (in fact, "toothy" :)) idea! For several years now, myself and a group of others in the nonprofit sector have been talking abt thin-client for educational purposes, around nutrition, HIV/AIDS, ICTS training, and the like.
There are definitely benefits and learning/sharing which can go both ways, ie from "developed" to "developing" (digital "have's", and those "have not"...until thin-client) and back again. Think abt the benefits for a project like "My Food Story", or bird flu, or development of independent thinkers! CAWD (Pam/David) might find this helpful in the context of "Teachers Talking", too.
Thanks so much for this exciting info, and here's hoping that 2008 will be a more inclusive year! Yours in android admirations, Janet
>From: ricardoolpc <ricardoolpc@...>
>Sent: Dec 3, 2007 2:15 AM
>Subject: [mendenyo] Google Android Challenge - Includer as a Thin Client Computer.
> I forgot to say in my first posting...
>If a BluetoothPhoneIncluder (or Android entry-level computer module)
>accesses a whole load of services on a PC via Bluetooth radio link
>at a Bluetooth Hotspot or Meraki-style Community Bluetooth network,
>then what we have is the good old-fashioned 'Thin Client Computing'
>idea. This is something that struck me after I wrote the first
>Google competition post.
>See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thin_client and
>In a place like Kibera, near Nairobi, Kenya, Rusinga Island/Mbita,
>Uganda or Tanzania, a Community Bluetooth Network or a Bluetooth
>Hotspot could gives hundreds of people all the benefits of a PC. It
>could link into a mixed WiFi/Bluetooth system.
>Some of the benfits of 'thin-client computing' are :-
>1. You only have to install one copy of each application on the PC.
>This makes installation of new apps much easier and avoids every
>user needing technical knowledge. Also, the internal flash memory of
>cheap phones may only be enough for a few applications. People can
>store their favourite apps in their phones and access hundreds of
>others on the PC via Bluetooth.
>2. Every user gets lots of file-storage space on the PC Hard Disk.
>3. Users get access to shared peripherals, such as printers, CD-ROM
>Drives, etc. They can send an Instant Message to a tech-guy at the
>PC to change disks or other manual operations.
>4. Users get access to shared eLibraries, an internet connection or
>store-and-forward email system.
>The Community Bluetooth Network I've described and Bluetooth
>Hotspots, has all the same features and benefits of it's WiFi
>equivalent. Hence, you/we already know all the benefits. We don't
>have to think-through many new things. Also, any online articles
>about WiFi systems apply to Bluetooth as well.
>The same thing goes for line-of-site Infra-Red IRDa Hotspots.
>Lots of people in the richer countries of Europe/North America/Japan
>etc could benfit from Bluetooth networks, so that could provide a
>lot of money and enthusiasm for developing the idea. Perhaps the
>silicon valley contacts that you mentioned or the folks in Chicago
>would be interested. Existing long-distance wi-fi projects in
>developing countries such as Daknet in India may be interested in
>Bluetooth networks and thin-clients as well. The 2 concepts work
>A Focus is being made on having a wireless internet connection for the
>community to help them have a place for information handling and
>transfer. There is motive of taking risks to help the community Develop.
>Yahoo! Groups Links