technology challenging poverty Latin America In Peru and Bolivia, we help communities set up small-scale technological solutions in remote areas where there is no access to basic services, including electricity, heating, clean water and sanitation. Western Africa Building on our recent extension of consultancy work into west Africa, Practical Action has recently set up an office to deliver impact at scale in Francophone west Africa. 4 CEOs Who Are Making Frugal Innovation Work - HBR In 2004, the French car maker Renault launched Logan, a no-frills sedan priced at €5,000 euros ($6,000). Initially destined for emerging markets, the low-cost car became a huge hit in Western Europe where, due to the recession, budget-conscious consumers had begun seeking affordable products that deliver greater value for money. Sensing an opportunity, Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance (a strategic partnership between Renault and Nissan), launched the development of a whole new product line of entry-level vehicles under the Dacia brand. Dacia is now the fastest-growing car brand in Western Europe (including in the demanding German market).
No Time for Car Shopping? Click ‘Print’ to Make Your Own - NYTimes.com The sign’s message was clear enough: Please Do Not Touch. For some visitors, however, the temptation was too great. Here at the recent Maker Faire, a traveling festival for technology enthusiasts, people ran their fingers over the car’s ribbed exterior. The bolder ones took a more brazen approach, knocking their fists against the surfaces to see how the material would respond. One eager young boy, all of about three feet tall, went further, licking a front fender to learn how it tasted. A mortified parent quickly admonished him.
We Love Lean – Lean startups, design, happiness and everything in between For those of you that don’t know I’m co-founder of Spook Studio. We’re a startup consultancy and design studio by the sea that helps startups get started. We’ve worked with many startups over the years and have learnt a bit along the way. We love working with startups as we get to see an idea come to life, plus also we get to work with visionary people that are looking to disrupt the status quo and do something different. Not just dreamers, but dreamers that do.
9 Implants that make human healthy body even more useful Here’s a list of 9 ways you can modify your body to be even more useful, from bionic implants to portable power generators. 1. RFID Chips – A nice and easy way to start out with body hacking is to implant an RFID chip into you. An RFID chip is just a passive antenna that’s pre-configured to transmit a specific code when it’s brought near an RFID reader. Free Energy Power Generator Video above : System builded by the inventor Mitchell, his system seems also to be overunity. He is convinced to have discovered a big thing, he beleives his system can change the world to make it possible for everyone to make his own free energy machine. Since the publication of this document that you find on this page several engineers, handy-men and people from all around the world succeed in making a working prototype with overunity and free energy results.
Are researchers afraid of novel ideas? Not many ideas end up having a real, disruptive impact on the academic community. But, every once in a while, a scientific discovery will come along and really shake things up. Indeed, many researchers have shown that fundamental research follows a bumpy trajectory in time. While there are major innovations which provoke structural breaks in science, they tend to be followed by long periods where researchers focus on exploiting their results and don’t seize new ideas. The trouble is, major innovations are few and far between: even science’s “best ideas” can take years to be implemented or recognized as breakthroughs. For example, even in the “small world of economics”, those discoveries that are today seen as the corner stones of modern economics, often faced early rejection and unbelievable publication delays.
One-Off Construction Using Fiberglass Over Foam The automotive application of FRP/foam composite was pioneered in the 1970's by the author's former design firm, Quincy-Lynn Enterprises, Inc. We used polyester resin and glass cloth laminations over a core of rigid urethane foam boardstock (fiberglass over foam). Modern variations sometimes use an epoxy resin or vinyl-ester resin and carbon-fiber-cloth over urethane foam, like the composite used to build GM's Ultralite experimental passenger car. Carbon fiber materials are far more costly, and it's questionable as to whether the value matches the extra expense. Despite the strength-to-weight advantage of newer materials, nothing matches the original polyester-resin/glass-cloth/urethane-foam composite for quickly producing a tough, lightweight product at rock-bottom costs. And it's a surprisingly simple system to use.