EWindow is a TECHNOLOGICAL DEVICE
for a NEW REVOLUTIONARY Social Network
The EWindow is an electronic window open 24 hours a day on another space, as if it were the extension of the room, allowing a two-way audio video communication in real time.
It has basic user interface and it doesn’t have mouse, keyboard, or other functions. It’s just a “window” in a wall.
The EWindow is:
1. OPEN SOURCE
// The code is here enjoy it //
// No central control by some corporation using your data for other purposes //
// Everything (codes, hardware) is shared //
The EWindow started some years ago.
After some years of trials and experiments on instant communication we decided it was time to do something bigger and we involved the Verbund Offener Werkstaetten (D) which decided to join us in the long process of making the community and spreading awarness around this theme. Then, to maintain the software development we created a small company TEILWERK.
EWindow solves two current problems: / First it let team members working in different buildings, cities or countries to share daily life and common values which is crucial for team building. / Second, it lowers the email communication flow that in the last years increased too much in many environments.
There are different frame designs available, from more artistic one to certified one for public environments.
Have a look to some existing frames
While starting this project one of the requirement was to find low-cost technologies. After many trials (and errors) we went up with a simple and accessible configuration.
- A Raspberry Pi //3 (2 is ok too)//
- 2 GiB SD Card
- Monitor (with Cable)
- Speakers //CONNECTED VIA JACK, AND NO VIA USB//
- USB Webcam with microphones
- A button and a bit of jumpwire
Developer Jonathan Sieber with this project started his own adventure in developing a proper free software system of audiovideo communication.
The EWindows are based on a software developed for running on affordable technologies (such as Raspberry Pi raspberryPi is a open-source hardware computer. is like a small computer that you can use for prototyping.) and which uses a low bandwidth.
The OS is Raspbian which is a free operating system, optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware, coincides with the open standards as is public, transparent and accessible to everyone.
The added values of developing this NEW free software system are: EWindow system can be replicated anywhere in the world without hardware problems The software provides an encrypted and secure connection.
EWINDOWS are a direct way to establish informal and unplanned connections. They can be useful for different situations and in different networks.
The EWindow is a technological community tool and not a personal communications tool. The EWindow offers a third way.