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Ten Extraordinary Innovations Line Up For US $100,000 Saatchi & Saatchi Award For World Changing Ideas
Date:1/22/2008

illiteracy, enabling patients and care workers to identify illnesses, to

know where to go for treatment and how to take their medication to stay

alive. http://www.sadag.co.za

Village Phone (USA)

A 'Business in a Box' that provides telecommunications coverage and

business opportunities to poor rural populations in developing countries.

Using microfinance loans, grassroots entrepreneurs buy the kit and then

rent the use of the phone to their community. So communities are able to

contact families and friends, as well as access information about

healthcare, market prices, news and danger alerts.

http://www.grameenfoundation.org/what_we_do/technology_programs/village_phone/

Wadsworth Brain-Computer Interface (USA)

The Wadsworth BCI enables totally paralyzed people to communicate and

control their environment with brain signals alone. The user wears a cloth

electrode cap to detect brain waves that are then translated into outputs

such as word-processing, speech, e-mail, environmental control, or

movements of robotic devices. The Wadsworth BCI is the only BCI in the

world that gives independent communication to totally paralyzed people for

daily home use. http://www.bciresearch.org/html/saatchi.html

About the Award

Previous World Changing Ideas Award finalists have ranged from a tornado early-warning system, self-adjusting spectacles, a sonar system that enables the visually-impaired to 'see' with their ears, a compound that can replicate the sensitivity of human skin, a new kind of aeroplane, a storage system for the world's languages and viable electric lighting for the developing world.

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