A SunRay with Wifi and handwriting recognition used in schools!

I wrote my last blog from Hong Kong airport about 3 months ago. I had written about the great wifi network in the airport and wished that we had the same in our Santa Clara campus. Seems like my wish is going to be granted - I hear rumours that building 14 will have wifi connectivity pretty soon.

Seems like the blog God's are reading my blogs and granting my wishes. Time for another wish!

I will love Sun to produce a 11/15/17 inch SunRay client, with a wifi port built in. The monitor should have handwriting recognition and tons of free software. Why?

A) Education:
I would love to see a SunRay client replacing the traditional slates and books in class rooms. I envision  schools (especially in the third world countries) with pools of Sun Ray's per class. Students walk in to the classroom and pick one Sun Ray work with it during the day. The work gets stored in a server in the school - the handwriting recognition makes using the client just like a slate.

Am I being Negroponte'ish here? Maybe?  I must admit - I have been thinking about this before I heard about the 1 laptop per child project (for about 3 years now).

No keyboards, no mice - by keeping  a plain monitor, you have just made it a simple slate - something that any third world school kid will know about!

I think 1 laptop per child is a noble endeavour but an overkill. And till we get there, couple of hundred Sun Rays per school is something that I will be willing to settle with :-) 

Price is a factor - but I hear volume drives the price down ;-).

B) Connecting remote villages

Pools of sun rays shared by villagers with wifi poles spread around the village - now thats a thought. 1 Server sitting in the village school - that serves the villagers as well as students. 

C) Well then there is the business of replacing the hideous looking palm thingy that Fedex/UPS folks carry :-) 

 Lets see if the blog God's answer this one :-)


 

Comments:

heres a first step - give me sunray client software so I can turn a stack of crufty old laptops into sunray-laptops.

better still - give me a client to run on whatever desktop/laptop I happen to have. It would give a launching point for a company that already has an installed base of windows users an easy way to switch over without requiring turnover of existing hardware.

Posted by MikeTLive on March 08, 2007 at 06:24 PM PST #

@MikeTLive Sun makes its money selling the hardware. You run the stuff on your existing hardware and its nada nada for Sun ;-)

Posted by Opal Mehta on March 08, 2007 at 08:52 PM PST #

No handwriting, but a WiFi Sunray laptop has been available for some time now: The Tadpole Comet

Posted by Rolf Kersten on March 09, 2007 at 05:26 AM PST #

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