Portable Router Brings The Internet To Remote And Rugged African Areas
BRCK creates a device that can function without traditional infrastructure.
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 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.