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An Indian Company’s Solar Lamp the Poor Can’t Afford

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An Indian company has released a solar-powered LED lamp that retains about six hours of energy – the lamp’s purpose is to provide an answer to the power outages and lack of electricity that plagues poor students.  There’s also a lack of proper illumination – a combination of both of these is apparently something that has been frustrating educators in the region for many years.

The StudyLite, created together with Sankara Nethralaya University hospital to provide the proper levels of illumination for the eye, is rechargeable – it also comes with a solar panel that can be used to charge the unit.  The StudyLite is powered by a NiMH battery, and has 24 LEDs that provide the illumination.  It’s about $33 bucks, but given that the figure of a monthly income in Indian is $41 bucks, do you see the problem?

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Thanks, Wired!