Monthly Archives: May 2011

3-Dimensional Floating Displays

Pioneer shows off its Floating Vision display. From CNET: The system utilizes an LCD module to project sharp, 3D-like pictures through a special 3D lens. When combined with infrared sensors, Floating Vision allows users to touch and manipulate objects in … Continue reading

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Understanding Vaccine Refusers

Michael Specter explores resistance to vaccination, through the lens of smallpox vaccination in the United States. Specter re-caps several of the key concepts in Michael Willrich’s Pox: An American History, including the tension between public health and the rights of … Continue reading

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More Than Clean Hands – Designing a Culture of Hygiene

Ekta Ohri is the Head of Project Operations at CKS. In early May, we blogged about the challenge of getting doctors to wash their hands. As it turns out, even in the best of hospitals, doctors and nurses only wash … Continue reading

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Google Launches Google Wallet

Google has announced the launch of Google Wallet – a test program that will allow mobile phone users to pay for purchases by swiping their cell phones in front of a reader. The test program will be available in New … Continue reading

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People Don’t Know Themselves (or Getting Beyond Market Research)

Ekta Ohri is the Head of Project Operations at CKS. In the design field, there has been a long, slow change in our understanding of what makes for good design. In the late 90’s, there was a shared understanding in … Continue reading

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UPDATED: Hyderabad Free of Power Cuts

Yesterday, we posted about Hyderabad’s claims that the city – and nearly all of Andhra Pradesh – were virtually power cut-free in May. Today, @PowerCutsIN tweeted this: First City to report a #PowerCutIndia today is Hyderabad. Miyapur/500050 #unplanned cut at … Continue reading

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Charging Mobile Phones with Bicycles

Newstime Africa writes about two Kenyan students working on a simple way to charge mobile phones using bikes. According to the article, many people in Africa pay to have their phone charged, either from a car battery or from a … Continue reading

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Random Hacks of Kindness

If you’ve followed the news about various natural disasters in the last few years, you may have noticed some interesting high-tech tools being used to help survivors in a number of different ways. Apparently, more than a few of those … Continue reading

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Hyderabad Free of Power Cuts

State officials in Hyderabad claim that there have been no significant power cuts in the city so far this May. Officials from the Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL) attribute this smooth sailing to the advance purchase of power, availability … Continue reading

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The Mobile Web, According to East Africans

Erik Hersman unpacks Vodafone’s recent research into how the internet is being used by mobile phone users in East Africa. The following are the types of content that are most important to consumers in East Africa, according to our interviewees: … Continue reading

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