MAKING A DIY SOLAR POWERED TABLET – PART 1

The photo was taken with solar powered camera. Photo: Okko Meinilä

The photo was taken with solar powered camera. Photo: Okko Meinilä

We are making a DIY -solar powered tablet. It’s going to be used as an off-the-grid recording device for Global Senses projects. We like the idea of freedom and independence in making art, and exploring off-the-grid tools takes this idea even further.

At Global Senses, we have been trying to realise an usable device for solar powered projects for a while. Ready made tablets and laptops are often too power-consumptive, too closed-source or just too unpersonalisable to be usable for us so we decided to make our own.

The photo was taken with solar powered camera. Photo: Okko Meinilä
The photo was taken with solar powered camera. Photo: Okko Meinilä

The devide is based around tiny Rapberry Pi3 single-board computer and super high quality audio-interface.

We are aiming to use this tablet to record a music project with friends before the beginning of fall and publish it here on our site. We’ll write follow-ups as the project moves forwards.