UV Light Water Purifier USB Ecuador


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1. Project Title & Shipment Detail

   Name of Project: UV Water Sterilizer USB Cable for XO
   Number of Laptops (or other hardware) You Request to Borrow: 2 
   Loan Length—How Many Months: 12 

2. Team Participants

   Name(s) & Contact Info: (include all email addresses & phone numbers)

Corbin Campbell pc575@yahoo.com phone n/a

   Employer and/or School: n/a 
   Past Experience/Qualifications: Quality Assurance Testing, Education student, TEFL teaching experience 

3. Objectives

   Project Objectives: 

Create a UV water sterilization lamp that attaches to a USB port on the OLPC and will last long enough to sterilize several liters of water on one battery charge. This has humanitarian implications as well as educational uses. It also promotes usefulness of the OLPC in regions where water quality is questionable and as an emergency response equipment in disaster areas.

4. Plan of Action

   Plan and Procedure for Achieving the Stated Objectives:

1. Receive the OLPC. 2. Test the solar power acquisition of the laptop and its ability to recharge in Ecuador, where there are both sun and clouds in nearly every daily cycle. 3. Develop the UV lamp for sterilization, attached and powered by USB. 4. Post design and research steps (in more developed form) on the Wiki as progress is realized. 5. Acquire input from the OLPC wiki community in implementation and development of the device.

5. Needs

   Why is this project needed? 

To purify water, and demonstrate UV sterilization for educational purposes.


See Above.

   In the greater OLPC/Sugar community? 

Humanitarian aid, useful in poverty or disaster stricken areas.

   Outside the community? 

Provides publicity for OLPC and gives another use to the machine.

   Why can't this project be done in emulation using non-XO machines? 

I have no funding to emulate on another machine.

   Why are you requesting the number of machines you are asking for? 

See below.

       Will you consider (1) salvaged/rebuilt or (2) damaged XO Laptops? 

Either two rebuilt XOs or two new XOs to allow better assessment of power generation and use. More would be better, but two would suffice.

6. Sharing Deliverables

   Project URL—where you'll Blog specific ongoing progress: 


   How will you convey tentative ideas & results back to the OLPC/Sugar community, prior to completion? 

By wiki, or by blog.

   How will the final fruits of your labor be distributed to children or community members worldwide? 

Unknown. Philanthropist? Or distributed with the Humanitarian Aid Kits, or distributed with XO's depending on location and need.

   Will your work have any possible application or use outside our community? 

See Above.

       If yes, how will these people be reached?

Yes. Humanitarian Aid per [[1]]

   Have you investigated working with nearby XO Lending Libraries or Project Groups? 

No. See the group referred to above for a possible collaboration.

7. Quality/Mentoring

   Would your Project benefit from Support, Documentation and/or Testing people? 


   Teachers' input into Usability? 

No. This project is not necessarily software dependent. A later or parallel phase of development could develop software for the device to be used in science classes. Additional capabilities such as sensing technology could also be added later. Additionally, I have some educational background.

   How will you promote your work?

Publish research results for the wiki community, and coordinate to get the UV sterilizer support for production.

   Can we help you with an experienced mentor from the OLPC/Sugar community? 

Sure. I'm not sure. Just a Mentor to provide feedback as we go and maybe provide links to resources and/or people who can help us complete the project.

8. Timeline (Start to Finish)

   Please include a Proposed timeline for your Project life-cycle: 
   Month 1: Acquire the XOs. Research of commercial UV bulbs that can be adapted for sterilization use. Research XO power output, as specified on technical datasheets and as demonstrated by the test samples. Research recharge time, solar recharging times, etc.

Month 2: Design of device. Early construction of a test device. Testing of various bulbs.

   Month 3: Continued research and testing.

Month 4: Refinement and settling on a design.

   Month 5: Build test devices according to new specs.

Month 6: Further testing and refinement.

   Month 7: Review of project, assessment of goals and objectives and project progress.

Month 8: Possibly new research or design direction

   Month 9: Possible new design built and implemented

Month 10: assessment

   Month 11: field tests

Month 12: Compile research and publish device data.

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