Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Design that changed the world

Judged from the title, I would think that this is an exhibition about futuristic design, something high tech that would change our world entirely. This is what I had imagine. Not until I read the description about it.

There is a world that we always tend to forget about. The world that still suffer a lot from poverty, clean water, food, electricity, education...everything we take for granted in a modern world. This is the word "world" meant in this particular exhibition. It all about how the power of design, to create some simple tools to tackle day to day problems faced by this people in underdeveloped countries.

A product that seem so ordinary, has the power to change the world.

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The Jaipur leg also known as Jaipur Foot is a rubber-based prosthetic leg for people with below-knee amputations, produced under guidance of Dr. P. K . Sethi by Masterji Ram Chander in 1969 for victims of landmine explosions. (from wiki)

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This is the laptop designed for the "One Laptop per Child" program. Their mission is - To create educational opportunities for the world's poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. When children have access to this type of tool they get engaged in their own education. They learn, share, create, and collaborate. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.

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The glasses on the left top is eyeglasses with easily adjustable, fluid-filled lenses, instead of requiring an optician, could be "tuned" by the wearer to correct his or her own vision. You can read more about it on Inventor's 2020 vision: to help 1bn of the world's poorest see better

Then there is the solar cooker, a device sunlight as the energy source for cooking outdoor. A piece of black board, the only learning equipment in a classroom. And some toys made from some recycled materials.

If you can read japanese, you can click on this link to find out more items displayed on the exhibition.


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