Kopernik Launches Today: New Online Store of Technology Designed for the Poor

Posted by on Feb 19, 2010 in AshokaTECH, Blog | No Comments

This post originally published on the AshokaTECH blog. Image Source: Kopernik Kopernik is a group of former UN workers and today, Feb 19th, they are launching Kopernik—www.thekopernik.org—an online store of technology designed for the developing world. According to Ewa Wojkowska, Co-Founder of Kopernik: “The technology addresses simple but critical needs—solar power, self-adjusting eyeglasses and quick ...

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Wii Balance Board Comparable to Lab-Grade Medical Equipment for Less than 1% of the Price

Posted by on Jan 20, 2010 in AshokaTECH, Blog | No Comments

This post was originally published on the AshokaTECH blog. Image Source: Gizmodo Speaking of technologies being used for other purposes…  This story was passed along by Aaron Kao, a sharp new intern here at Ashoka. The Wii Balance Board—a pressure-sensitive accessory you stand on to do yoga and play snowboarding video games—can apparently do the ...

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Take credit card payments on your mobile phone

Posted by on Jan 19, 2010 in AshokaTECH, Blog | No Comments

This post originally published on the AshokaTECH blog. Image Source: Gizmag Decentralizing payments: we’re watching it become possible by SMS and mobile phone technology (like with FrontlineSMS:Credit, for example) and Square is a new invention to let you swipe a credit card on your mobile phone.  Invented by Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, this tiny ...

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PARO – The Robotic Baby Seal

Posted by on Jan 11, 2010 in AshokaTECH, Blog | No Comments

This post was originally written for and published on the AshokaTECH blog.   Meet “Paro,” the adorable robotic baby seal.  The fact that this cute little animatronic pet comes from Japan may not be a surprise, but the reason he was designed in the first place might be. As a recently written post on Gizmag ...

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$69 Refrigerator for Rural India – Cool Possibilities

Posted by on Jan 7, 2010 in AshokaTECH, Blog | No Comments

This post was originally written for and published on the AshokaTECH blog. Image source: Gizmag Here’s another one from our friends at Gizmag: ChotuKool: the $69 fridge for rural India “Is this the world’s cheapest refrigerator? Launched by Indian conglomerate Godrej and Boyce, ChotuKool’s $69 price tag is not the only reason it can be ...

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