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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Peddling His Wares
Cabe Atwell   5/10/2013 4:12:43 PM
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As opposed to helping a select few with bikes and generators... complete infrastructure overhauls are needed. But in that case, is the entire country reliant on charity to sustain?

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Re: Peddling His Wares
Elizabeth M   5/6/2013 9:28:12 AM
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That's a shame, Cabe, but perhaps one day this idea will be workable because it sounds like a really good one. Although corruption historically is a problem in underdeveloped nations and doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon, unfortunately.

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Re: Peddling His Wares
Cabe Atwell   5/3/2013 3:00:15 PM
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When you need to take the stolen power to one's house a mile away... with no other choice, they will use the barbed wire. I would say using devices like the "bathook" for accessing strung lines is more safe, but where will they find a spool of 6 gauge wire (powerline gauge, USA).

The problem is infrastructure, corruption in the government, desperation. There is no hope, for now.

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Peddling His Wares
Elizabeth M   4/29/2013 4:03:28 AM
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That's interesting, Cabe. It sounds like a worthwhile project if you could educate people there and show them how to get power efficiently and more legally. It's a shame it's such a desperate situation that they need to steal power off the lines with barbed wire! It can't be safe, either. I think they need the device the German student created to harvest energy from devices and power lines (that spurred such heated debate among our readers!): http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=260486

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Re: Peddling His Wares
Cabe Atwell   4/26/2013 4:43:24 PM
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I spoke to a few non-profits in Africa about distribution. They essentially said, there are too many bikes there.

They also said that people just steal electricity off the suspended power-lines. They will even use barbed wire as their connection. They said I have to tackle that problem before they would use my generator. In other words, I have to teach the users what to do.

It has been a back burner project of mine ever since the talk.

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Re: Peddling His Wares
Elizabeth M   4/23/2013 3:39:12 AM
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Good point, Cabe, that could be one reason the bike idea didn't fly (or ride, so to speak). But I would have to ask the project founders about that. It's true the conditions there could be difficult, as they are difficult even for cars. I have a friend working in Africa at the moment and one of the first things he noted was the treacherous state of the roads.

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Re: Peddling His Wares
Cabe Atwell   4/22/2013 6:06:55 PM
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I wanted to make a bike-generator for 3rd world use. It was based on a generator I made for another project. However, the harsh environment of those places, the bumpy roads, often destroys such devices. Perhaps that is why they didn't go that route?

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Re: Economic point in charging via SMS?
Mydesign   4/12/2013 12:01:55 AM
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"What do you mean "the mode of contact"? I think I am a bit confused by your question."

Elizebeth, I mean the contact point for this type of device charging. To be more specific, how the devices are getting charged through SMS.

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Re: Economic point in charging via SMS?
Elizabeth M   4/11/2013 10:27:00 AM
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I will, TJ. I have to say, I didn't expect such a lively discussion about this. And people have brought up a lot of points I didn't even think about myself, as they always do (because our readers are a class act!). I definitely am curious to fill in the blanks myself now.

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Re: How it works
Elizabeth M   4/11/2013 10:25:09 AM
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Thanks for the succint breakdown of things TedT. This was pretty much my understanding as well. But I will follow up with the project leader.

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