Project Seed is a humanitarian project just like Cosmos Browser. The goal is to bring the bliss of the internet to developing countries. The project is a hack on top of Raspberry Pi. The currently included sources of information are Wikipedia, MIT Open Courseware, ‘Free the Children’ PDF’s and health information stored on a one TB external drive.
Seed is a LEMP (Linux, Nginx, MySQL, PHP) server and can host applications too. The first application is Seed Chat. Given the range of Seed’s reach (~350 ft), Seed can also serve as a general public forum or an emergency communication tool. Any wifi connection capable device can connect to the Seed server.
The hardware part of Seed include:
- Raspberry Pi
- Long range wireless antenna
- 10,000mAh battery
- 1TB external hard drive
- Various other components required for initial configuration
Seed is yet to see its first deployment. But it is a open source project and you can try it out if you have a necessary hardware listed above. Here’s the procedure for a local installation:
Install Seed on Raspberry Pi
- Download Raspberry Pi SD Image (needs at least 8GB SD card)
- Configure Raspberry pi into an wifi access point to serve as a local server
Install external storage
- Mount a external hard drive to the Pi for storage
- Download nginx, php and larval by following 1 and 2