Hacking electronics hardware to make ultra low cost solutions for India

A mobile phone, a lunch box, and a flashlight become a digital projector.

India has a booming industry of local electronics shops who can repair just about any piece of hardware with readily available low-cost parts and salvaged components. Vinay Venkatraman has taken this system one step further by using their skills to make new hardware by hacking and combining existing devices.

This is the maker movement at its best; the new devices are being tested for use as substitutes for technology that would be out of reach for much of India. One example is a digital projector for a village school made out of a cheap cell phone, a lunchbox, and a flashlight. Even more remarkable is a device for simple medical diagnosis made from an alarm clock and a computer mouse.


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