Solar Projector Will Help Teach Reading

A solar-powered overhead projector will help teach reading in poor, rural African and Asian communities without electricity, the non-profit group that invented it said. The "kinkajou" projects text and images on a wall. It has been tested successfully in 45 villages in Mali and organizers hope to introduce the projector in India and Bangladesh. The machine, built to withstand heat and rough handling, uses microfilm and includes a solar panel, a battery, LED technology and an instrument to measure recharging. It costs about 50 dollars and the roll of microfilm, which can hold 10,000 pages, about $10. More information on the Kinkajou Design Journal web site. :: Newsweek via Greenthinkers

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