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The Dhairya Dand ThinkerToys combine worn-out electronics found in landfills with a modular circuit board to make educational entertainment devices for kids in Cambodia.
With technology that is constantly evolving, it is usually cheaper to replace old devices rather than to repair them.
Instead of letting all that junk pile up and go to waste, Dand used all those old keyboards, monitors and other various computer parts and sound equipment that were found in landfills to make toys for underprivileged kids.
The toys use a plug and play model, and by attaching the module kit to an old device, a toy is created. There are several prototypes in the works including devices such as storybook readers and math flashcard games using LCD screens.
While the Dhairya Dand ThinkerToys are still early on in production, the idea is to eventually ship the modular boxes to undeveloped countries so children without toys can create ones from objects they already have at their disposal.