How BarefootCollege is Solving India’s Electricity Problems

The ultimate solution for fighting poverty in India was not mass production but production by the masses – Mahatma Gandhi

We have to apply the Gandhian model to solar-electrifying villages – Bunker Roy

Bunker Roy is the Founder and Director of Barefoot College. His dream was to establish a Rural College in India that was built by and exclusively for the poor.

How Barefoot is trying to solve the Electricity Crisis in India

The School trains Barefoot Engineers – people from Rural areas who don’t get Electricity.

This is done using color-coded parts and hands-on lessons. After six months at the peaceful campus in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, the new technicians return to their home villages, bringing with them solar power equipment and know-how.

They’ll install solar panels, charging stations, and small LED lights in houses, and they’ll stand ready to deal with breakdowns.

While these systems offer only the most basic amenities of modern life, they also bring independence from India’s dysfunctional national power grid.

The Barefoot College began its pioneering work to bring off-grid solar power to India’s villages in the 1990s.

The program initially enrolled men, but these students proved disinclined to return to their villages once they had marketable skills.

When the school began recruiting grandmothers instead, the program took off. This very literal campaign of rural empowerment shows the untapped potential of women.

Despite being uneducated they have the skills and the intelligence.

You can read more about this initiative here

Barefoot College Website

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Wow Kids can now have there Own Tesla “Model S” Car

Like many, I am a Huge Fan of Elon Musk. He is one of those Rare Risk Takers our Planet needs.

His ideas and concepts are a breath of fresh air and the best part is he makes them work. Be it SpaceX, Tesla or HyperLoop, which has inspired companies to make it a reality.

I am always looking forward to what’s coming next from him.

Well this time his offering is for the Kids.

The company just started accepting pre-orders for its first kiddie-car, a US $499 all-electric model designed in partnership with red-wagon maker Radio Flyer.

The basic “Tesla Model S for Kids” (couldn’t they come up with a shorter name?) has a 130-watt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, working headlights, and a sound system.

It’s available in red, silver, and blue. It has a top speed of 6 mph, but parents can choose to lower the top speed to 3 mph.

It holds a driver who weighs up to 81 lbs; there is no passenger seat, but there is a “frunk” (a front trunk) to hold emergency snacks and teddy bears.

I am sure the kids are going to love this one.

Pre-Order here

News Source

http://tesla.radioflyer.com/build.html

http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/transportation/advanced-cars/move-over-cozy-coupe-teslas-got-a-kiddie-car

Android Power – Now a Smartphone for less than 8$ or Rs 300

Noida based Ringing Bells will launch the ‘Freedom 251′ Smartphone today in Delhi.

The Smartphone is expected to cost only Rs 251. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikkar will launch the Smartphone.

The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 runs Android 5.1

The Ringing Bells Freedom 251 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor.

The smartphone with a 4-inch WVGA resolution display, features a 1.3 Ghz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB total storage space and a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back. It will have 0.3 megapixel camera on the front and has a 1450 mAh battery.

Bookings for the Freedom 251 will start from Thursday 18 February from 6.00 am in the morning and will close on 21 February at 8.00 pm. This is dual-SIM 3G capable phone.

See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/mobile-tabs/india-cheapest-smartphone-rs-500-make-in-india-ringing-bells/#sthash.HFFD0Rm8.dpuf

Google might deliver Packages using Self Driven Trucks

A new Patent awarded to Google outlines what it calls an “autonomous delivery platform” for delivery trucks.

The trucks would be fitted with a series of lockers that could potentially be unlocked with a PIN code sent to the person waiting for the delivery before the truck arrives at their location.

The patent also suggests the locker could be unlocked by a customer’s credit card, or an NFC reader. After the package is dropped off, the truck will continue on to its next delivery point, or return to the depot to pick up more packages.

Read More here

Learn about the new Portlet Specification 3.0 or JSR 362

Learn about the new Portlet Specification 3.0 or JSR 362 #Java

I write about Portlet Development and Liferay in another Blog. But will try to Post new updates to this Blog.

If you are into Portlet Development work you will be happy to learn about the new Portlet Spec Version 3.0, expected to release sometime in 2016.

You might be wondering why this new Specification ?

Well the primary reasons are the last version 2.0 or JSR 286 was released in 2008 and it enhanced the Portlet 1.0 version or JSR 168 significantly.

Since then there have been major enhancements to Java EE. Also a need was felt to address the rise of Mobile devices.

Continue reading “Learn about the new Portlet Specification 3.0 or JSR 362”

Parse announces Guides for setting up a Parse Server on Heroku and AWS

Last week saw the release of Parse Server. And now Parse has release guides to help you migrate your existing Parse App or setup your own Backend Parse Servers.

The guides are available at:

Heroku: https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/deploying-a-parse-server-to-heroku

AWS: http://mobile.awsblog.com/post/TxCD57GZLM2JR/How-to-set-up-Parse-Server-on-AWS-using-AWS-Elastic-Beanstalk

Looks like with Heroku the process is a fair bit more straightforward.

 

 

Parse stops accepting new User Sign Ups

Recently Parse announced that it will retire its services by January 28, 2017 And now it seems they have stopped accepting new Sign Ups.

It was sad to hear that since Parse offered a really great Platform, especially for App Developers like me.

What this means is that going forward you need to host the platform to use its services.