Technology for Everyone, Environment for Everyone

Published on March 15, 2014 um 12:38

Summary of your idea

Imagine a world that everyone can access powerful computer technologies for professional and educational purposes. Currently, millions of people are living in poverty. Imagine how their lives would be affected by the opportunities that powerful computers bring. Self-education and self-employment are examples of such opportunities. But the truth is that owning and maintaining a modern computer is costly and not affordable by everyone. On the other hand, people who can afford a PC, renew it after a few years (the process is known as PC refresh) which is one of the causes of 50 million tons of electronic waste production annually. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only 15% - 20% of e-waste is recycled, the rest of these electronics goes directly into landfills and incinerators. Considering that e-waste contains hazardous materials, this is certainly an environmental disaster. To solve these problems, we introduce the idea of Virtual Personal Computer (VPC). VPC is a desktop virtualization technology that provides the chance of using powerful computers to all computer users. In VPC technology, a users computer is virtualized and deployed on a server to exploit the servers powerful resources as its underlying hardware. In fact, VPC technology adjusts the characteristics of virtual desktops with needs of computer users. Using VPCs, a user can remotely access their desktop through internet and use profound power that the server provides. Since all computation and storage happen on the server, users can reach powerful virtual computers to satisfy their needs, regardless of the power of users local computer. VPC technology is schematically presented in the attached image. The main advantage of this idea is that users can utilize virtual resources for free or in return for an affordable fee, depending on their needs. Additionally, acceleration of electronic garbage production will be slowed down.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The target audience of this idea includes all computer users. To this end, a free basic plan is also considered to make sure that financing is no barrier for the users. The success rate can be determined by number of users using virtual resources (short-term); learning improvement and education elevation (long-term); reduction of e-waste production (long-term).

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The technical aspect of the idea is being investigated in form of a currently running masters thesis by the author. Furthermore, the Idea is supported by the UniConsult of Paderborn University to be submitted to EXIST program in form of a business plan to attain Seed Grant (Gründerstipendium). Abstractly, the business model contains several aspects. The customer segment includes users taking advantage of shared resources. These resources are part of the value proposition. In return, the revenue streams through the fee paid by users interested in premium plans. Potential costs are mainly raised for implementation and maintenance of the network on which resources are shared. Collaborators involved in realization of the idea consist of Arman Sheikholeslami, in charge of technical aspects; Leila Rahmani handling the business side, and Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kalman Graffi supervising the progress of startup project, both on technical and business sides.

Your profile

Arman Sheikholeslami: Studying M.Sc. Computer Science at Paderborn University in Germany with specialization in Software Technology, practical experience in several software implementation projects, fairly deep knowledge of business concepts, verified by several official certificates. Leila Rahmani: Studying MBA at Paderborn University, vocational experience in office administration and accounting, with a certification in entrepreneurship from University of Maryland. Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kalman Graffi: Professor at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf, Germany, heading the research lab on the technology of social networks in the institute of computer science.

Stage of Idea

planning stage, start-up stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, education

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July 4, 2014 14:39

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June 22, 2014 19:22

Hello Rasna,

First of all, I would like to thank you for your time to read my idea, and that I appreciate your feedback.

You are right regarding the characteristics of Virtual Private Servers (VPSs), but there are some issues that makes them unsuitable to integrate in the lives of individual end-users (people) as the successors of Personal Computers (PCs). Firstly, some key features of PCs are missing in VPSs, such as USB-redirection, high definition multimedia-redirection (e.g. full HD videos), multi-monitor support, full WAN optimizer, etc.

As a computer scientist who has done somewhat extensive research regarding such technologies, I would say that The closet technology to my idea is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Most of the above mentioned features that VPS cannot answer to is provided by VDI.

The problem with VDI is that it is an on-premise technology, developed for enterprises to eliminate the dependency of commercial end-users (employees) to physical computers. VDIs are implemented on a Local Area Network (LAN) which is a stable infrastructure. Furthermore, VDIs are designed to answer limited needs of end-users of enterprises.

My idea extends the idea of VDI further to answer the needs of individual people. This is done by providing virtual desktops that have similar characteristics to PCs. In my idea, the end-users can also connect to their virtual desktops from anywhere in the world via internet to perform their computer tasks with the same Quality of Experience (QoE) that they get from PCs.

I hope I could address your doubts properly.

Best Regards,

June 17, 2014 06:44

Hi Arman,

It is such a great idea, however what you are suggesting is already offered by most of the hosting companies and other international IT cloud companies. It is called Virtual Private Server (VPS) that can be access through Remote Desktop Connection (RDP). So, anyone from the world can buy a premium account from those companies. They will be given a small application in which they can be downloaded after payment (payment is also affordable ranging from $20 - $150). Then, from their computer desktop, they can remotely connect to their virtual desktop which is more powerful. Most of these companies offered up to 1tb and beyond HDD space on virtual desktops, at least 1gb - 5gb RAM, and up to 200mbps speed of internet connection. Anyone in the world can buy a VPS. It also doesn't matter how low the computer specs you have. As long as you have an internet connection, you can connect to the VPS. In that Virtual Desktop, you can do anything that you can do on a real desktop computer. You can search the net using the server's fast internet connection, and also download and install applications faster. You can also choose your own OS.

There are actually few who only know the knowledge and the power of VPS RDP. Most are the web savvy's and web developers who want to keep it for themselves. But it is open for everyone.

No offense. :) I am just pointing the fact, since your idea seems similar to what the VPS RDP can do. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

regards and good luck,

March 21, 2014 22:49

I'm not sure, it is still possible to vote, maybe you can retry in a few moments...

March 21, 2014 02:25

why isn't it letting me vote for this?? is it closed?? thanks

March 20, 2014 10:40

Thank you Malahat :-)

March 20, 2014 06:44

Great idea! keep up the good job my friend!