Ensuring rural and developing communities have access to information

Despite inroads made by cell phones and the internet in developing communities, radio remains the primary means of communication. However, in most areas electricity is scarce or non-existent, and the high cost of batteries makes them unaffordable.
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$ 161B
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Nature and Context

Because of lack of electricity and consistent internet access in rural communities, important informational and educational programs often don't reach the groups they are meant to benefit. Radios help bridge this gap, but communities can struggle even to power the radio that brings them news and instructional information. Finding alternative ways to power small appliances, like radios, could make it so struggling communities have consistent access to life saving information.

Ideas Description

The Lifeplayer MP3 is the first media player, multi-band radio and recorder designed and engineered for the humanitarian sector. It is powered by a detachable solar panel and has a winding mechanism as a back-up power source. It comes with an optional 12v wall charger for when electricity is available. With high speaker quality, 60 listeners can hear it clearly at the same time.

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