Simple technology is often the most effective, as proven by the affordable eyewear that is produced by OneDollarGlasses. OneDollarGlasses realizes that there are over 150 million people in the world who are in need of corrective lenses, but lack the resources to acquire them. As a result, a simple contraption was created to bend steel into a frame to contain a set of prefabricated lenses. As the name of the organization suggests, the total material costs required to create these glasses is just about $1 USD.
As well as being of value for making such affordable eyewear, the glasses-making mechanism is also extremely mobile and can fit into a small wooden box, making it possible to set up eye exam stations anywhere.
This year, OneDollarGlasses is recognized as one of the Tech Awards Laureates 2015 for using simple technology for philanthropy and world improvement.