Vinay Venkatraman: Technology crafts for the digitally underserved

Watch this video, 14.09 min, published on TED-talks, filmed April 2012 and posted July 2012: Two-thirds of the world may not have access to the latest smartphone, but local electronic shops are adept at fixing older tech using low-cost parts. Vinay Venkatraman explains his work in “technology crafts,” through which a mobile phone, a lunchbox and a flashlight can become a digital projector for a village school, or an alarm clock and a mouse can be melded into a medical device for local triage. Vinay Venkatraman aims to design technological devices for the bottom of the pyramid rather than simply for the affluent.  

More TED-talks videos:

  • Aleph Molinari: Let’s bridge the digital divide, 10.03 min, on TED-talks, Febr. 2012: Five billion people can’t use the Internet. Aleph Molinari empowers the digitally excluded by giving them access to computers and the know-how to use them. Through education and technology-focused community centers, Aleph Molinari empowers the 5 billion people who cannot access or use the Internet and other technologies.
  • Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums, 18.58 min, on TED-talks, June 2010:  A researcher at the London think tank Demos, Charles Leadbeater was early to notice the rise of “amateur innovation” – great ideas from outside the traditional walls, from people who suddenly have the tools to collaborate, innovate and make their expertise known.

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