This research by Google, that employs rapid prototyping, is something I wish I could have explored more thoroughly in my own process. The main question I ask in watching it:
How can these ideas be translated when literacy/language may be an issue? What if someone can't text in English or can't even text in their native language?
Regardless, this is a fundamental work toward applications that become relevant in these contexts. I think of people who live remotely and have a far distance to go to see a doctor. This could drastically improve the way people deal with medical issues, not to mention understanding weather and agricultural issues.
And I have little grin surfacing as I recall using those MTN minute cards in Rwanda.
10 July 2009
Posted by Kara Pecknold at 5:52 PM