Cool ideas and concepts continue to spill forth from Google. I especially love this one that intends to bring Internet connectivity to African institutions of learning via flying craft.
The trial involves 10 schools in Cape Town, South Africa, and involves the use of “white space network” with blimps (and other infrastructure down the line) to stream signal over large areas the schools are situated in… literally wi-fi via blimp. It’s a fairly large undertaking, but one with a lot of potential by way of mindshare payoff.
White space is interesting in its own right, but I’m especially interested in how this solution uses the cloud implementation. A big part of the study is to confirm that the proposed solution does not interfere licensed spectrum holders.
All in all, I’m for anything that ethically provides options for more folks to have access to the information highway. I think Google’s aggressive foray into Africa will definitely start to bear fruit, if only to create more viral Harlem Shake videos:
[Source/Image via Google Africa Blog]