Watly: The computer that provides clean water, energy, internet access

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  • The Watly machine provides power, water and internet access using solar energy
  • It can deliver 5,000 liters of safe drinking water each day
  • Trials for the car-sized device are ongoing in Ghana

(CNN)Touted by its creators as the "world's largest solar-powered computer," it could offer a quantum leap for development across rural Africa.

The Watly machine, created by an Italian-Spanish start-up of the same name, resembles a futuristic space capsule. But its mission is to provide electricity, clean water, and Internet services that could transform lives and economies across rural Africa.
Around 625 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are currently without electricity -- more than two-thirds of the population -- while 39% lack access to safe water.