The Mesh Potato
The Mesh Potato is a Wifi Mesh router with telephony. It is a key component of the "Village Telco" concept - a low cost, community based telephone system for the developing world. Mesh Potatoes will be deployed throughout a village and automatically mesh with each other to provide a local telephone network. This network can then be peered with upstream VOIP providers.
The Mesh Potato is an open hardware design - anyone is free to copy, modify, and manufacture the design. It runs open source software including Linux, Asterisk, Speex, Oslec and the mesh routing protocol B.A.T.M.A.N. It is being developed by a team of people from the open source and development communities, and is partially funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation.
The presentation will discuss the Mesh Potato hardware and software, introduce the Village Telco project, and hopefully demonstrate prototype hardware.
David Rowe has 20 years experience in the development of DSP-based telephony and sat-com hardware/software. David has a wide mix of skills including software, hardware, and project management including a PhD in DSP theory. He has held executive level positions in the sat-com industry (www.dspace.com.au) and has built and successfully exited a small business (www.voicetronix.com). However he has decided he is better at debugging machines than people so currently chooses to hack telephony hardware and software full time.