Digital Drum will provide access to world-class learning materials
Aleutia leverages technology expertise to design and prototype Digital Drum
London, 27th August 2014: Aleutia, the UK’s only specialist in designing and manufacturing fanless, energy efficient, fit-for-purpose PCs, has today announced a deal with the UNICEF Innovation Centre to design and prototype a Digital Drum for UNICEF’s Digital Kiosks.
These Kiosks are bridging the digital divide by offering youths in rural Africa the opportunity to develop basic digital literacy skills. Each Kiosk currently has three wall-mounted computers, but over the last year UNICEF has been working with Design without Borders in Norway to develop the next generation Digital Kiosk – the new “Digital Drum”.
Each Digital Drum will consist of three computers on a round table, one public screen and speakers for a large audience. It will be a solar powered system and will be equipped with the latest free multimedia content, providing educational materials to rural Africa - at youth centres, schools, community libraries, business centres, and other community locations.
With 8 years on-the-ground experience, Aleutia will provide valuable insight to installing solar solutions and the technology needed to run computers in the harsh, and often challenging, environment of Africa.
The initial six month deal will see Aleutia improve the overall design of the Digital Drum, reducing manufacturing and installation cost. The design will be open sourced, making the blue prints publically available. This provides Aleutia with the unique opportunity to be a technical research pioneer for access to education in challenging environments.
Aleutia’s unique fanless technology will reduce power consumption and will increase the operability and durability of each Digital Drum.
“We’ve developed a ground breaking all-in-one PC that uses less than 10Watts power consumption.” said Mike Rosenberg, Founder of Aleutia “Working with UNICEF we’ll develop a low cost solar platform, that not only builds manufacturing capacity, but also provides ICT access to those that need it most.”
“More and more jobs and educational opportunities in today’s connected world require a basic understanding of how to use a computer, basic word processing, and the internet; and youth who do not have these skills will have a difficult time bridging this “digital divide”, says Stefan Bock, Coordinator of the UNICEF Innovation Lab in Uganda. “The open-source design collaboration is bringing together UNICEF´s expertise, knowledge of the specific needs and already established access to partners with Aleutia´s professional experience in high-quality product design and development.”
Image source: Design without Borders