Glasses to people for cheap

Most people online would have heard about TED and the videos, if you haven’t I strongly suggest TED.com to you guys. The future of the world in sorts is being made there, from Design to technology. As they mention on their site:

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.

My first brush with Augmented Reality also was on the TED site. Well this post is not about Augmented Reality, but about providing vision glasses to a lot of people. The idea is by visionary Josh Silver who talks about using oil filled glasses and by adjusting the liquid in the glasses will be able to provide universally usable vision glasses to all. See the talk here below for the actual details.

While watching the video, I noticed how he mentions that there are about 30,000 of these glasses in use today. So I desided to check on what material was available on the usage of these glasses worldwide. The center for vision in the developing world has a map showing where its being used.

How does it work ? Well here is a sketch that was on gizmodo which explained it, here it is.

There is also a video on Vimeo Explaining the actual working and benefits of these glasses, including a small explanation on the “Ugly” looks of the glasses.

Although this is not a technological breakthrough of sorts, but it is a sign that someone is doing some good work. somewhere. AdSpecs might just be what the doctor ordered in developing countries showing how technology is impacting people’s lives world over.

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  1. February 6th, 2010

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