Any experience with "Hole in the wall" or public hot-spot deployment?


Educational researcher Sugata Mitra, winner of the 2013 TED Prize, has popular TED videos about his experimentation of putting a computer in a “hole in a wall,” with no instruction, and simply observing what the local children did with it.

Q1) Has anyone tried this with Rachel?

  • WiFi hotspot in a school, market, mall, restaurant, park, internet cafe, or other place that children (or even adults) congregate? [In this case, need a sign that motivates people to connect to the Rachel WiFi.]
  • touchscreen in a wall
  • touchscreen table
  • interactive multi-touch projector (they have these now!)
  • computer
  • etc.

Related question: Best solution for securing hardware in a public space? (My initial trials would likely be placing in a secure public space or a private space adjoining a public space. One where the shop owner, security or others who normally frequent the area are keen to be my eyes and ears to let me know what’s going on, perhaps internet connected CCTV?)

I definitely want to try this and have a few places in mind.

Q2) How much data can we get in terms of how many unique users connected for how long and what they accessed? (I presume that the Rachel Plus is more capable in this regard.)



Our Guatemala team has done this in a few public squares –

Aside from securing, it’s important to address the power solution. Power is expensive and someone who will keep this secure probably needs to bear that cost.

There are just basic tools to parse the html access log, so you know how many times a link has been clicked over the past X days.

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