In the current state of climate emergency and the specter of a global ecological collapse, the Internet of Dead Things Institute is dedicated to repurposing so-called obsolete information and communication technologies.
MinitelSe is an Open Source Operating System (“Système d’Exploitation”) running on a dedicated hardware designed for the 1980’s french Minitel.
Running on single board computer the Operating System acts as a gateway to the Internet and offers a set of tools and softwares.
After been decommissioned in 2012, and to avoid having to recycle them, millions of the initially state owned Minitels were given to their users by the french government.
Many of those devices are still available, fully functional and unused. With this in mind, the Internet of Dead Things Institute, has decided to design an interface that would allow anyone to reuse this device beyond its initial capacity.
MintelSe allows its users to stream radio, browse the Internet in text mode, play games (Tetris, Worms, …), read the news, do chat, send and receive encrypted messages, and more.
New tools and dedicated hardware are been developed by our engineering team on an ongoing basis.