A Solution for Load-shedding?
Ugandan engineers have developed a new type of computer, Microfuse which is powered by solar energy, especially for those who are dealing with irregular power supplies. The stick computers prove to be much cheaper than traditional computers and consume much less energy. The frustration of many people with the lack of electricity resulting in the inability to use computers was the trigger for the creator of the device. The laptop, made from local materials, costs $70 and can operate in very remote areas of the continent thanks to solar energy. The computer market in Uganda is in limbo. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, only 2% of Ugandans currently have access to a computer. The device is currently being tested in a school on the outskirts of Kampala. The Microfuse company hopes to have 10,000 devices on the market by October, but they also aim for the African Continental Free Trade Area in order to be more competitive.
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