Category Archives: Mobile phones & Bottom of Pyramid

Envisioning futuregaon 2010

Last night we began the envisioning process for bringing our prototype of a futuregaon, by 2010, to life. From basic infrastructure like how can we make our intent to electrify the entire village by using indigenously designed solar power units … Continue reading

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Collection: Perspective on Mobile phones and developing societies

Time, the Guardian and the Tale of two Indias – poverty and economic changes Three Indias – the aspiring class, an emerging marketPrice point as design criteria for emerging marketsMobile phones: a post industrial platformMotorola’s brand experience in SingaporeDesigning products … Continue reading

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Design challenge: futuregaon 2010

The future of India is literally in her villages, 550 million Indians under the age of 25. Over 65%  of whom live the rural hinterlands of the country and they cannot all migrate to the cities drawn by the glittering … Continue reading

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Blowin’ in the wind

Dave sends me this link to a New York Times article dated 24th May – Bob Dylan’s birthday, a man whose songs seem strangely forgotten today – written by John R. Quain, its titled "Cellphone banking is coming of age". … Continue reading

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Emerging markets: A context sensitive path to development?

From the management consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton’s Spring 2007 Issue of Strategy + Business, an article called The Flatbread Factor by Alonzo Martinez and Ronald Haddock caught my eye. The following snippet of a paragraph, describing the lifecycle of development … Continue reading

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Design for the future: Maximize constraints, minimize resources

If necessity is the mother of invention, is prosperity the father of consumption? Industrial design as a profession emerged from the roots of the Industrial Revolution, and flowered into full force during the post war boom of production in the … Continue reading

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A user observes the RaZr

Yahoo weather tells me that the temperature outside is 43 Celsius but only ‘feels like’ 41 and that the forecast is "widespread dust". Oh hooray. In the meantime, I’m all kitted out with a Motoshit ooops I mean MotoRazr and … Continue reading

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