Category Archives: Developing world

I’m Ghana make you see

Literacy Bridge, a Seattle non-profit, is piloting a $10 device that plays audio files, with initial dissemination in Ghana. One purpose is to spread information, so this will be a usable strategy for people with visual disabilities, especially since the … Continue reading

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Grameen goes mobile

For once, no cute headline, no snarky prose; this is a truly transformative announcement. Grameen’s new program will provide banking services to a billion of the world’s poorest would-be customers.  They will be using a wireless mobile platform, which says … Continue reading

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Internet, almost no interface

The Question Box provides Internet-based information through a live agent.  The user just presses a button on the box, which connects via intercom to the computer-equipped agent, who may be in another town.   The user asks a question, the … Continue reading

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When poor design is very good design

Interesting article that covers an aspect of universal design we don’t usually discuss: developing products specifically for people in the most impoverished areas of the world. On the other hand, there is a proven correlation between rates of poverty and … Continue reading

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Sticks and phones can break my bones?

We’ve seen mobile phones blamed for many things, some of which may even be true. And this blog tries to keep its attention on technology-improving-access rather than technology-causing-disability. But it’s causal Friday. It seems that in some parts of Africa, … Continue reading

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