Solarcast Nano on Pine Ridge Reservation.

Solarcast Nano on Pine Ridge Reservation.

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To: Kaya Erbil,,

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Dear Sean,

I have done some Internet cyberactivism (e.g. and to promote the idea of using a new kind of solar powered waterproof smartphone system to do the ground and water testing we talked about last year and push hard on people who largely give zero concern or thought to ethics. The idea was to restore the tradition of Berkeley protest and Abbie Hoffmann’s “Steal This Book!” I am going to publish my blog with MIT Press soon or another similar university press to tell the story of a ten year MIT hack that led me to you and Safecast to raise awareness of the need for empathy both regarding graduate student, postodoctoral fellow, and undergraduate mental health, not care but empathy. The idea of the Solarcast Nano is perfectly in line with my new idea for solar smartphone mapping (­the­solarcast­nano/). I like the idea of more commercially available computer parts because the post­Standing Rock Native American led water care network is mostly linked via Facebook and Facebook Messenger. I am think of using Facebook’s new AR Studio (­studio/overview/) to upload the Protein Data Bank to Augmented Reality (AR). I saw it during the F8 online conference and think it might be a cool way to recruit people to Safecast type mapping.

We are looking to get the Solarcast Nano here on the reservations, particularly Pine Ridge with the problems of uranium runoff from the Black Hills.

Can you help us get a Solarcast Nano out to Pine Ridge? Henry Red Cloud of Lakota Solar Enterprises ( is on this email. Perhaps we could assemble the sensors there with the kids?

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On February 25, 2018 7:16 AM, <> wrote:

Dear Henry Red Cloud,

After Standing Rock, I thought I’d apply a little heat to the universities of this country that have largely ignored the deep issues of the water that were raised by the Standing Rock events. I have made this video of a new device for mapping the water’s chemistry with water protectors on foot, a bike, or in a car. The idea is to explore the topology of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Keystone, Keystone XL, Deepwater Horizon spill beaches, etc. with people with solar powered waterproof smartphones with batteries. I’ve done a lot of testing this winter and found the iPhone SE (­se/) to be the best device for this activity, though any phone can be used. I’m partnering with a solar supply company in Asheville, North Carolina, AVL Solar (, for the batteries and solar panels. They are in the heart of Appalachian Trail country and near the Cherokee lands, where the original Trail of Tears

started. The idea is to over time recruit Appalachian Trail Thru Hikers to become walking pipeline and oil spill mappers.

They would walk around and carry things like the Public Lab Potentiostat and Spectrometer (­post­standing­rock­water­art­science­native­ american­youth­led­app­to­fight­tar­sands­oil­pipeline­in­minnesota/8639) and make a map of metals like arsenic (­23­2017/oil­chemistry­of­ keystone­leak). I am using Thunkable for the apps initially and R (, the programming language.

Eventually, the website will also offer arts from reservations (­sold­via­the­internet­is­the­21st­century­buffalo­ solar­powered­buffalo­skull­art­server­for­lakota­people/) and healing things like the Austin, Texas heavy metal water test for the body from the new startup Everlywell (­panel/).

I am working closely with Kevin Poor Bear to make some art for Austin, Texas soon. Just wanted to give an update on the little progress we have made, 🙂

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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