« Random Thoughts | Main | Defining the Electronic Health Record »

Recycling for Health

Picture of dawnFrom my office window I usually see the dawn. Sometimes the sun burns through the mist as a silver flash; sometimes as a red orb. Other days it’s a nondescript glow behind clouds. Part of a continual recycling that brings a new day.

The BBC’s Click reports how recycled computers are being used by the blind in Africa. Loice does not need to see the screen because she can touch type quickly and hear what she is writing thanks to a USB dongle running software from a company called Dolphin. She can carry the dongle with her and use it on almost any Windows PC. With such software and training, people like Loice can compete in the jobs market.

Computer Aid that leads this scheme is looking for a way to reduce the costs of this software. Computers can be refurbished for $60, but the software costs 40 times that amount.

For Bil: "Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light."


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Post a comment

(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)