In support of the Lakhvinder | TS ™ Research & Development efforts, Lakhvinder has fashioned the AmI Brick (Ambient Intelligence Brick). The AmI Bricks are rugged field notebook computers improvised from commodity netbooks (mini-laptop computers) to serve as research and experimental platforms for various aspects of Lakhvinder | TS in lieu of the inadequacies of manufacturers of rugged computers. Using commodity netbooks from Wal-Mart ® and Fry's Electronics ®, with off the shelf parts and tools from Wal-Mart, Fry's and Home Depot ® — the AmIBricks have been produced at an average cost of USD $610 per unit and have been tested to a limited degree meeting MIL-STD-810G and IP54 standards. The USD $610 average cost per unit includes all economic inputs with the exception those which are labor related inputs.
The AmI Brick components, sources and procedural improvisations include:
- netbooks from Wal-Mart and fry's.
- HDD's and SSD's from fry's.
- Red Hat ® fedora ™ Linux operating system and other components of an open source stack.
- Liquid O-rings from Home Depot.
- Thermal management unit constructed of heat pipes from fry's, copper thermal components from various electronics suppliers, off the shelf MEMS sensors and controller, and writing a fedora driver while considering integration with an open source bios and firmware. The thermal unit replaces the stock convection vents and fan of the netbook. The thermal unit provides 810G / IP54 level cooling for the netbook and slice fusion. The thermal unit was modeled and verified in Maplesoft ® Maple ™.
- Plugs were designed in Autodesk ® Inventor ™ and produced on a stereo lithography machine.
- The plugs were attached to a rubber strap from Home Depot. Clips were attached to the netbook and strap. The strap was then wrapped around the edges of the netbooks.
- TS experimental electronics enclosure consisting of a slice attached to the bottom of the netbook. CAD geometry was not available for the netbooks which could have been used to replace the base of the unit with an extended base manufactured by 3D printing thereby enclosing the entire apparatus within the netbook.
- Rubber sheets from Home Depot were applied to the exterior top and bottom of each unit with adhesives.
Done! Solid as a rock, they look like little books or rubber bricks. AmI Bricks (pronounced Amy Bricks) for an average of USD $610 per unit.
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