menu

Portable Router Brings The Internet To Remote And Rugged African Areas

Portable Router Brings The Internet To Remote And Rugged African Areas
Design

BRCK creates a device that can function without traditional infrastructure.

Ross Brooks
  • 3 march 2014

The African population relies on the internet to run their businesses and stay connected just as the rest of the world does. However, the difference is that there is often a distinct lack of infrastructure  that can make this day to day functioning relatively impossible. BRCK is a rough-and-ready device with it’s own power source and 16 gigabyte hard drive that can switch between various connections to keep you connected even in the most demanding of environments.

brck-modem-ushahidi-2

BRCK was presented at this year’s Design Indaba Conference held in Cape Town, and is the brain child of Ushahidi, a Kenyan firm run by programmers, engineers, and technologists who are all from Africa, and currently live there. Their expertise runs from cloud software to fingerprint scanners for mobile devices, all the way through to high-level medical device prototyping and manufacturing.

The device even has its own mantra: “If it works in Africa, it’ll work anywhere.”

Unlike technology designed for other parts of the world, BRCK was conceived with its harsh environment in mind. It’s able to deal with much more physical treatment than a traditional modem, and can also withstand dust and water within reasonable limits.

brck-modem-ushahidi-3

BRCK is currently being refined by the team, but Africa poses more than just environmental challenges:

“We’ve shown we can prototype and make, but we still have to pay more than 100 percent duty on components – we have to make a tough business choice,” said Juliana Rotich, co-founder of Ushahidi, in an interview with Dezeen.

The hope is that it will make all the way to market within Africa, but despite a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, the political and economic situation could prove too much. If the device can hold up to the challenges ahead, then it really will be the world’s toughest modem out there.

BRCK

Source: Dezeen


Design
Trending

Japanese Face Wash Creates A Perfect Rose Every Time

Arts & Culture
Mobile Yesterday

Get A Better Idea Of How You Are Wasting Your Time

The TouchTime app is trying to revolutionize personal task management by providing detailed insight on how to be more efficient

Culture Yesterday

London Telephone Box Repurposed As A Tiny Mobile Repair Shop

Tools and supplies to replace broken screens or damage are neatly stowed away in these micro-workrooms

Trending

Get PSFK's Latest Report: Future of Work

See All
Design Yesterday

Conceptual Sportswear Created Out Of Futuristic Condom Material

A Dutch fashion designer is experimenting with new methods and fabrics to make high performance clothing

Fashion Yesterday

Fashionable Tassel Will Ensure You Never Lose Your Valuables Again

The device is fashion meets connected tech, that will help you keep track of your belongings at all times

PURPLELIST EXPERTS

Becky Arreaga

Multicultural Insights & Marketing

Syndicated Yesterday

Would You Wear Wool Shoes To Save The Environment?

As demand for wool shoes grows, a number of US footwear brands are heading directly to the source: the sheep pastures of New Zealand

Sustainability Yesterday

Self-Healing Material Is Fashioned Out Of Squid Teeth

Penn State researchers have devised a new textile that uses organic proteins

Arts & Culture Yesterday

Search Engine Turns Your Own Drawings Into Photos

This image-matching software accepts hand-made sketches instead of keywords

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed august 24, 2016

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

PSFK Labs august 25, 2016

PSFK’s Workplace Vision: How The Nurturing Of Seeds Will Come To Define The Onboarding Process

Our Future of Work vision is a service that allows companies to assemble and deliver welcome packets that are uniquely focused on the concept of growth

Arts & Culture Yesterday

Illustrator Interprets The Experiences Of Blind Travelers

Artist Alby Letoy creates drawings of poignant travel memories for the visually impaired

Advertising Yesterday

Clickbait Titles Used For The Good Of Charity

An agency devised an unlikely campaign that uses clickbait as a positive force to drive awareness to nonprofit initiatives

Advertising Yesterday

The Best In Eye-Catching Olympics Campaigns

PSFK rounds out the Rio Games with our picks for the best advertising moments off the field

Work Yesterday

Editorial Roundtable: The Arrival Of The People-First Workplace

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary and thinkPARALLAX enumerate the reasons why companies need an employee-embracing workforce in order to exist

Arts & Culture Yesterday

Transforming Light Waves Into A New Art Form

An artist uses glass treated with layers of metallic coatings to create a unique installation called lightpaintings

INSIGHTS COVERAGE

Rio Olympics
Innovation Coverage From The Rio Games
READ NOW

Design Yesterday

This Windbreaker Lets You Explore The Outdoors While Charging Your Phone

The apparel includes solar panels that allow the wearer to stay connected through the power of renewable energy

Asia Yesterday

The Goal Of This Game Is To Not Get Laid Off From Your Job

A hit mobile app has you working really, really hard to not get fired as you climb the corporate ladder

Advertising Yesterday

Movie Critic Bot Guides Viewers Through Festival Offerings

The Toronto International Film Festival has created a Facebook Messenger chatbot to help attendants curate their schedule

No search results found.