A good number of low-cost, low-wattage computers are entering the market, OLPC being the most notable.
These machines may help to satisfy the need for a platform for MTTs and other nationals to use for Scripture drafting, dictionary building and other language-related tasks.
However, a number of factors need to be taken into account when deciding whether and how to deploy a given model of computer in a particular country or region. These factors include:
- Hardware robustness and reliability
- Power consumption
- Power generation options
- Availability of support and maintenance, including:
- Ease of repair by the user or another local person
- Professional repair facilities
- Knowledge and information about the software
- Availability of language software for the platform
- Ergonomic factors, including:
- Keyboard size
- Keyboard usability
- Screen size
- Screen legibility in sunlight
Within SIL there are various software projects in progress for low power computers, including:
- bdec which is short for Basil Data Exchange Component
- BALSA which is short for Basic Language Software Appliance
This is the home page for general information about low-power computing on this wiki.