Bringing the benefits of computer technology to rural villages in India will require a substantial amount of work–and a lot of extra car batteries, said professor Jitendra Shah.
To save power, the PCs run on car and truck batteries. Unfortunately, the batteries regularly need recharging and the public electrical power system can’t always handle the demand.
Intel, meanwhile, is developing a PC that can run on car batteries and comes with a special case that keeps out dust, according to Intel India President Ketan Sampat. The company is also developing a program in Kerala that will put PCs in the hands of local entrepreneurs, who will then sell computing time to villagers.