Seed: your own local internet

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

Two ways:

  1. Download Raspberry Pi SD Image (needs at least 8GB SD card)
  2. 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

Webpage: Seed

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