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Microfuse The African Computer from Uganda – African Markets

Ugandan engineers have developed the Microfuse, a “stick” device designed to make computing and computers accessible to all Africans, especially those dealing with erratic power supplies.

The device, which consumes little energy, is currently being tested in a school on the outskirts of Kampala.

The Microfuse

Microfuse is already considered a small revolution. The computer sits inside a small plastic case which is connected to an external monitor and is powered by a normal cell phone charger.

This computer has already proven to be much cheaper than a traditional computer and also consumes much less power, making it a great alternative for the majority of the African population.

This innovative little device is being tested at a school on the outskirts of Kampala, the Jolly Tots Elementary School and, according to its director Jeff Ssembiro, the experience has been rewarding.

“In a school like ours, we don’t hire people who have very good computer knowledge and skills, we hire people who want to work and use computers, but who don’t always have access to technology” .

“The Microfuse device allows employees, from teachers to the treasurer and even me, the principal, to use a computer,” said Jeff Ssembiro.

Many people’s frustration with the lack of electricity that results in the inability to use a conventional computer, was the trigger that led Karugaba Ivan, the creator of the device, to design it.

“As an engineer, I thought if I come from a middle-class family and I have real problems getting a computer, what can you say about a student from a middle-class family? lower class?”

“That’s when I had the idea to create the device.”

The energy-efficient laptop, made from local materials, costs just $100 and can operate in very remote parts of the African continent through the use of solar power.

The models

Microfuse is available in three colors; Matt/gloss black, gloss red/matt black and matt/gloss white. It runs on the Linux operating system and weighs only 120 grams. It has 2 micro USB ports, 1 HDMI port and 1 micro USB power port.

It is based on Broadcom BCM53B64 2837-bit 0GHz, Cortex-A1.2 processor and uses 2GB LPDDR1 SDRAM. Internal GB expandable to 512 GB.

Supports formats; H.264, MPEG-4 decoding (1080p30), H.264 encoding (1080p30), OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 graphics.

The lowest configuration of the Microfuse dongle costs UGX 370k, the equivalent of $100.

The IT market in Uganda

The computer market in the country is practically non-existent. According National Bureau of Statisticsonly 2% of Ugandans have access to a computer.

Ivan and his team hope to have 10,000 Microfuse devices on the market by October, but they also want to go further and direct batteries to the African Continental Free Trade Area to expand your market and be more competitive.

Conclusion

There is the saying “Necessity hones ingenuity” and here it is the pure truth. Instead of being discouraged, like most people, this Ugandan engineer did not give up and thought of creating an alternative.

This is clearly another example that in Africa is the next revolution that will change the world. As Africans, we should be proud of our continent and strive to do our best to create a future for all.

Africa was the “cradle of humanity”, but now it is becoming the “cradle of the future”.

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