This was a proposal submitted to the 2014 Arch Grants funding competition. Sadly, we didn't make the final round, but we're posting the proposal's details here on request from community mesh wifi enthusiast. A related topic is our rooftop solar mesh concept Sunflower Mesh.
The Wasabi Pea is a low-cost meshing WiFi hotspot easily deployable in small or large numbers, with additional provision for battery operation in emergencies.
Some backround: WasabiNet develops and deploys low-cost, neighborhood-scale mesh wireless broadband technology for rooftops with low operating costs and high