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The boy with the briefcase computer – Trinity’s young inventor
Master Venura Wijesekara invented a portable high specification PC which is built into a briefcase, along with a 3D printed mobile phone which has a transparent display. Currently he’s in Grade 12 hoping to pursue in Maths for his A/Ls. Following is a short review of his inventions and how he developed his skills in software programming and building PCs.
Given its due name ‘Technotronic’, Venura also introduces the computer as ‘MR1’ which refers to ‘Military Rugged’ as it is designed to meet similar specifications for military use: being shockproof and water resistant.
Venura’s idea to make a briefcase PC was inspired by the film ‘Kingsmen: The Golden Circle’ which has a briefcase used as a high-tech grenade launcher.
In 2016, during Venura’s 9th grade year, he started his research, gathering the components, and programming the software to suit his concept. The process of constructing the computer started during the course of last year. The surprising fact for us was that, he had only taken 48 hours to put all the components together and build the MR1 successfully all by himself without any faults or software errors.
The components were bought from Colombo and Kandy suppliers, although Venura also said that he had to buy some parts online, rounding up the total cost of the entire computer close to Rs 200,000.
The specifications of the computer are: a AMD Ryzen™ 5 2400G Processor with Radeon™ RX Vega 11 Graphics card; 240GB SSD and 1TB HHD storage capacity which can be extended to 84TB; a 8GB RAM which can be extended to 64GB; 12-20 hour battery life; 3 x USB 3.1 ports and running on Windows 10.