Mesh networks on OLPC: it's all about the application level
by Andy Oram
I went down to the Cambridge, Massachusetts lab of One Laptop Per Child today to find out what they're doing with mesh networks. This was a particularly appropriate day for a blog on OLPC, because today they're launching a fifteen-day-long purchasing opportunity called Give One Get One. You pay them for two of their brightly colored, impressively lightweight computers, and one goes to a child in a developing nation, while the other goes to you.
But the whole point of this blog is that a One Laptop Per Child system has limited value on its own. Its most innovative and powerful features lie in its participation in a mesh network with other laptops. So get your neighbors and workmates to buy them too!
I think an important point that mesh brings in terms of advantageS over centralized infrastructure is the absence of strong control points.
|Excellent article. I am fascinated by the idea of mesh networks.|