Above: The winner of €1000 at Awesome Amsterdam Event.
Coming soon to a tree near you, TreeWiFi. Yes that's right, a WiFi router lodged into a bird house that hangs from a tree. And yes, it's free! Founded by the bright spark Joris Lam, this initiative just took away first place and a €1000 prize at Awesome Amsterdam (a foundation to make the city more awesome). Not only do these birdhouses lay down strong WiFi beams fit to turn your regular router green with envy; but also test the air quality of the area and offer this information online as a comparative tool to incentivise air cleanliness between Tree WiFi locations.
Above: TreeWiFi prototype.
Here to solve the problem of Amsterdam's free WiFi shortfall, this bright idea also saves the city some serious bank. The current 14 free routers are costing the council a hefty €30,000 a pop; whereas a TreeWiFi unit only costs €500 to slap together. It's Lam's aim to eventually have one of these bad boys hanging in every street
Above: Prototype in the making.
The first prototype has been completed and iterations are constantly being made to ensure it's on point with the city's requirements. A ring of light replaces the standard bird hole with a clever indication of both air quality and whether or not this signal is cranking strong.
To give the incentive more traction, Lam has a live crowdfunding campaign in search of not cash, but people that share his dream and are willing to lend a hand. Check it out here.
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