The COVID-19 crisis has revived interest in computers capable of functioning after a disaster when nothing works anymore.
The project by Jay Doscher, a Californian computer scientist, is one of many aimed at inventing computers for the post-apocalyptic world.
Thought as a recovery kit, the Off-Grid CyberDeck is a durable and waterproof computer with a mechanical keyboard, protected from electromagnetic pulses by a copper foil.
It is equipped with an internal battery for power supply with the possibility to switch to an external source.
It has a 7-inch “Raspberry Pi” touch screen that allows you to do without a mouse, which would have used a USB port. The screen operates on 5V which avoids the integration of a 12V circuit. To keep the components together, parts were specifically manufactured by 3D printing.
According to Jay Dosher, in the bleak future, we may be surrounded by technologies that are impossible to use without a few simple computers to interface with. This is a machine built to help people run other machines when the Internet stops working.
An American developer, Virgil Dupras, is developing an operating system that will eventually run on home-made computers such as the Off-Grid Cyber Deck.
The latest Off-Grid CyberDeck has been so popular that he has built some for private buyers, but Jay Dosher prefers to refer to his website so that everyone can build their own machine by themselves, with a list of the necessary parts.
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