A simple device to integrate two USBFlashDrives (each $10 or less), a standard computer keyboard ($10 or less) and a flat monochrome text terminal of 24 lines by 80 characters (up to $100, but subsequently $50 and even $20). This device would allow one to read and edit text files and also share files. It would serve people (primarily literate adults) who have marginal Internet access (who walk or ride to an Internet cafe, pay by the hour, have a slow connection, must wait their turn, or use at off hours) or no Internet access at all. It would work hand in hand with online software that would allow one to download the activity of a community (such as the letters, newly edited wiki pages, chat transcripts of OLPC during the last week or so) and write and upload responses. It would encourage literacy, circulate content, and provide the access to expert content and online community assistance that would allow one to roll out local wireless networks and assemble computers from locally and globally sourced parts.
The OpenPattern project developps a versatile routing platform using a SoC and a FPGA to achieve good flexibility. This board could be an ideal companion for the XOs "
* Support for various network interfaces : Ethernet, DSL, PowerLine, Wi-Fi ... * open source and open hardware platform * Ideal platform to teach networking at different layers
Later on, we will probably want to implement 802.11s either in the mini PCI Wi-Fi adapters or directly in the FPGA using software controlled radios, this could be easily achieved with the OpenPattern router.
URL : http://openpattern.org