Wednesday, June 03, 2015

UNICEF challenges us to develop cost-effective low-power wearable innovations

UNICEF wants innovation in cost-effective low-power wearable technology(like a cheape iWatch or iPhone)
Painting a very rosy picture for the smart wearable industry, the UNICEF asked to innovate to get cost-effective, low-power gadgets to help the world.

They say that such a wearable device would have the following characteristics :
A wearable built to address social good would ultimately need to follow a systemic, communitarian approach. It must be:


  • Cost-effective: Needs to have the capacity to be executed en masse in low-cost areas, with a demonstrated business case and need
  • Rugged and Durable: Waterproof, shockproof, weatherproof, heat resistant, easily stored, and built to last
  • Low-power: Run off a battery, have a long battery life (possibly using alternate energy), and be power efficient where there is no power
  • Scalable: Can be applied to varying environments and communities, sustained by a larger ecosystem, easily produced/developed, easy to use, easy to maintain/fixed by local skill force

Such systems would help in communication and health monitoring on a large scale and provides direct contact with the people.





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