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Check out this Peruvian-made ecological laptop built to last 15 years

4 19.09.2019 Инфо

M/S WAWALAPTOP CEO Alejandra Carrasco entering her office in Lima
M/S Alejandra entering her office
C/U Alejandra removing WAWALAPTOP from her backpack
M/S Alejandra removing WAWALAPTOP from her backpack
M/S Alejandra connecting devices to the laptop
C/U WaWa laptop logo
M/S Alejandra working on the laptop
M/S Laptop keyboard
SOT, Alejandra Carrasco, CEO of WAWALAPTOP (Spanish): "Wawa is the first laptop made in Peru focused on improving the educational quality of Peruvian students."
C/U Laptop display
SOT, Alejandra Carrasco, CEO of WAWALAPTOP (Spanish): "I feel that the WAWALAPTOP firstly, creates community, number two, democratises the access of Peruvian students; and also, why not [access] to ambition in the world, because although it is true that there are many areas in our capital where almost everyone has computers, the reality is that many people do not take part in this globalized world and aren't actually connected to the world and do not have access to technology, even a desktop computer, so that is where we decided to use technology to create new educational tools."
C/U Alejandra typing
M/S Alejandra using the laptop
M/S WAWALAPTOP computer
SOT, Alejandra Carrasco, CEO of WAWALAPTOP (Spanish): "The case is made of recycled pressed MDF wood, it can also be powered with solar panels. We develop a free software community because we work with Linux and we contribute to the circular economy because we use a SBC Single Board Computer or single computer boards so that, for example, if there is an upgrade of those boards, you simply change them to a new one, but the structure of the Wawalaptop stays the same for 10 to 15 years and that is how we contribute to the circular economy."
C/U Monitor display
M/S Alejandra Carrasco WAWALAPTOP CEO disassembling the laptop
C/U Laptop charger
M/S Disassembled laptop
SCRIPT
A family of Peruvian entrepreneurs have developed a laptop made of recycled, pressed wood which can be powered with a solar charger. The low-cost and durable device is aimed at improving the connectivity of some of Peru’s less well-off inhabitants and at boosting the educational chances of students in more remote areas of the country.
Alejandra Carrasco, the CEO of WAWALAPTOP, showed off her company’s product in Lima on Wednesday where she explained the thinking behind the computer.
"I feel that WAWALAPTOP firstly, creates community, and number two, democratises the access of Peruvian students,” she stated.
"The reality is that many people [in Peru] do not take part in this globalized world and aren't actually connected to the world and do not have access to technology, even a desktop computer, so that is where we decided to use technology to create new educational tools," she added.
With this simple, wooden laptop the company wants to contribute to the circular economy, making it easy to change broken parts such as the device’s single-board computer. The frame itself is designed to last for up to 10-15 years with a little bit of care.
The small laptop is reportedly sold for 799 Peruvian soles ($235; €215).