243: Rocketbook Wave: Cloud-Ready Microwavable Notebook — August 8, 2016

243: Rocketbook Wave: Cloud-Ready Microwavable Notebook

When I first read the name of this notebook, the first question that popped up was, “Why on Earth would I need to microwave a notebook?”

Apparently to erase the text within it and reuse the notebook.

The idea is really cool especially if you’ve ever used products like the Samsung Galaxy Note and discovered it’s not quite like using pen and paper. So how it works is this;

-You write in this special notebook

-You take a picture using your phone

-It processes the image (as shown below) and uploads the pages onto the cloud

– You erase the notebook by putting it in the microwave

For some reason I imagined a crook writing something they didn’t want anybody to see and then discovers that the cops are closing in on him, so he throws the notebook into the microwave before running away…the evidence lost forever.

To read more about it go to; https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rocketbook-wave-cloud-ready-microwavable-notebook#/

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#245: Musana Carts — May 25, 2016

#245: Musana Carts

I frequently crawl the internet in search for interesting, creative ideas to write about on this blog. One such website is Indiegogo, which is a crowdfunding websites where entrepreneurs start campaigns for their ideas, and get funded by people like you and me. No more begging Venture Capitalists for money.

So this is a campaign that I find quite interesting; Musana Carts. If you come from an African country like myself then you’re familiar with vendor carts from which aunties and uncles sell their produce and cooked foods. Some of these vendor stalls are stationary, they’re basically a coal-powered stove next to a table where sellers have to endure the toxic fumes to cook food for customers. The mobile ones are carts on wheels and they don’t have the advantage of being connected to electricity, so people like Baba Katchri in Mombasa has to make the rounds before sunset, and God help him if he runs out of phone charge….

This is where Musana Carts comes in to change the scene of street vendor carts. It uses solar power to power fridges, sockets and cooking stoves. The design is quite simplistic and compact. You can read more about the project here and support it by donating to it; https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/musana-carts-the-solar-street-vending-revolution–2/x/6760702#/musana_infogra_why-01_mlskvf