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25 Tech Innovations for Developing Countries – From Durable Netbooks to Solar-Powered Fridges

From Durable Netbooks to Solar-Powered Fridges

— September 7, 2009 — Eco
Now more than ever, intrepid designers are focusing their efforts to bring technology into developing countries. Whether it’s through the design of solar-powered creations like netbooks and refrigerators or portable water purifiers, this technology is empowering individuals in these developing nations to live healthier lives and connect with the outside world while doing so.

Although all of the designs below are incredible, the realm in which we’re seeing the most creative development is that of computing. The first pint-sized PCs, like the OLPC XO-1 (short for One Laptop Per Child and priced at $100) and the Palm Foleo, were equipped with basic functions to make Internet-enabled computing accessible (and affordable) everywhere. Just two years later, the term “netbook” is a familiar one around the world, but the product that comes to mind has significant upgrades. Samsung’s Go N310 netbook, for example, is outfitted with an antibacterial coating that protects the keyboard from harboring diseases—perfect for places where it isn’t feasible to clean gadgets regularly. And the iUnika Gyy netbook is comprised of biodegradable materials and features a smattering of solar panels to power it without electricity—another eco-friendly addition that maximizes abundant resources like the sun.

The slideshow below features tech innovations in a number of industries geared specifically for developing countries. From the solar-powered water purifiers and netbooks mentioned earlier to baby incubators made from used car parts and inflatable solar panels to heat water, it’s clear that green design isn’t just for urbanites and suburban activists. There’s a larger purpose behind these humanitarian innovations, and it’s going to be exciting to see how these green gadgets help empower, educate and advance individuals who live in these developing nations. Check out these designs and more below.
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Mobile Phones for Developing Nations
Mobile Phones for Developing Nations
$20 Phone From India
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Cheap Laptops for Education
Cheap Laptops for Education
One Laptop Per Birmingham Child
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When Nature Calls Uganda
When Nature Calls Uganda
Biogas From Human Poo
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Painless Injections- Dissolving Hypodermic Needles
Painless Injections- Dissolving Hypodermic Needles
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Personal Aqua Purifiers
Personal Aqua Purifiers
Zuvo Water Filtration System with 5-Step Process
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Needle-Free Injections
Needle-Free Injections
Painless "Mother's Kiss"
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$10 Laptop
$10 Laptop
When the $100 Laptop is Too Expensive
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$100 Laptop: An MIT Quest to Empower the 3rd Worlds
$100 Laptop: An MIT Quest to Empower the 3rd Worlds
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Potable Pee
Potable Pee
Leonardo Manavella's ‘Agua H20' Converts Urine Into Drinking Water
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Solar-Powered Netbooks
Solar-Powered Netbooks
The iUnika Gyy is Comprised of Bioplastics & Biodegradable Materials
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Energy-Generating Commodes
Energy-Generating Commodes
The Made-From-Poo Loowatt Turns Waste Into Watts
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Eco-Friendly Mobile Coolers
Eco-Friendly Mobile Coolers
Solar-Powered Fridges on Camels
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Colloidal Silver Ceramic Filters
Colloidal Silver Ceramic Filters
Martin Bolton's ‘Rural Water Filter' is Superb
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$100 Laptops Now Online
$100 Laptops Now Online
Amazon.com Sells Hand-Crank Laptop
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Book Shaped Notebooks
Book Shaped Notebooks
2nd Generation OLPC XO Laptop
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Solar-Powered Fridges
Solar-Powered Fridges
Emily Cummins Develops Portable Cooler for Developing Countries
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Baby Incubators from Used Car Parts
Baby Incubators from Used Car Parts
Modded Toyota 4Runner Turns Mechanics Into Medical Techs
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Solar Powered Fridges
Solar Powered Fridges
Using the Power of the Sun to Keep Things Chilled
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Pint Sized Clay Stoves
Pint Sized Clay Stoves
The Chulha is Designed for Use in Developing Countries
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Solar Purification
Solar Purification
SODIS Water Filters
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Inflatable Solar Panels
Inflatable Solar Panels
SolarStore Helps Heat Your Water
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Rain Drop Collectors
Rain Drop Collectors
Eco-Conscious Golden Design for Rain Water Harvesting
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Multi-Vehicle Hybrids
Multi-Vehicle Hybrids
Jameson Klug's City is an All-in-One Eco Car and Motorbike
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