Santa Clara University

Affordability

(noun) The extent to which something is affordable, as measured by its cost relative to the amount that the purchaser is able to pay. ex. "First time buyers of mobile phones who are below the poverty line and who do not have grid power for charging..."

Case Study: Vodafone

 

Vodafone has launched solar-powered mobile handset VF 247. Priced at Rs, 1500, the phone is apt for rural India and will be available next month onwards. VF 247 offers basic functions like Torch, FM radio, a prepaid balance indicator making it a great utility for rural population. The phone boasts of Sun Boost, an inbuilt hardware and software that ensures the phone charges under normal daylight also.
 
Case Study: Nokia
 
Nokia has announced the launch of Bicycle Charger Kit that is compatible with all Nokia phones that have a 2 mm charging interface. The kit consists of three components: a bottle dynamo, a charger and a phone holder. The bottle dynamo fits to the front of the bike with a mounting bracket. The charger and phone holder attach securely to the handle bars. The kit works on same principle as what you would find in how people in rural India fit dynamo to provide light to the bicycle in the dark. Nokia is targeting this accessory at emerging markets, where electricity supplies may be unreliable. The accessory might mean the difference between the "chance of being able to communicate and the guarantee" or even be the basis for a micro-business.
 
Case Study: Brilliance Phototherapy Device
 
Every year 9.3 million babies are born in developing countries needing treatment for neonatal jaundice. Severe untreated neonatal jaundice can lead to a kernicterus, which can cause permanent brain damage. Treatment is easy and has no side effects through exposure to blue light which kills the poisonous agent. However, current machinces cost upwards of $3,000. The Brilliance Phototherapy device is a machine that uses high intensity blue LEDs to produce the required blue light, for 1/10 the price. These LEDs consume only a fraction of the power current photo treatment machinces require. Brilliance also comes in a compact package, making it easy to transport to remote locations, and it can run efficiently in an electricity scare community.