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Bridging the Digital Literacy Gap

Mobiglyph aims to bridge the user interface hurdles of mobile phones.

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Adaptive Path's Mobile Literacy Project approaches mobile phones as a means to overcoming infrastructural challenges. By making data tangible it aims to use QR Codes to break down barriers between interface literate and illiterate phone users and thus opening the mobile phone up to it’s full capacity as a rapid information sharing device.


The video is a great watch – effective use of research driving persona- and scenario-based thinking. A similar concept using QR codes could be used for uploading many of the inspirations being posted on information sharing to mobile phones.


Mobiglyph: Making Data Tangible http://bit.ly/fthHZQ

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Great approach to this problem! We have to ask ourselves how able or willing people are to use mobile technology. Tech literacy is a key component to many of these ideas being widely accepted. bravo!

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Indeed Krassimira – Jan has some great insights and has been mentioned in commentary on this challenge. Would be great if you want to post as a stand alone inspiration post.

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Meena, I like where you're going with this. "...use QR Codes to break down barriers between interface literate and illiterate phone users and thus opening the mobile phone up to it’s full capacity as a rapid information sharing device." QR Codes are a great idea. Just scan the code and boom, info.

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Very cool Meena. Adaptive Path did a really great job of understanding illiterate users to apply QR codes in such novel way to intuitively meet their needs. In addition to the printed QR cards highlighted in the video (which could also be physically stored on the back of the phone), you could also imagine that the QR codes could be scanned directly from its display on someone's phone screen (enabling easier sharing of information whether that be the phone user's contact, their # for the local midwife, or diagrams for maternal health).

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love it!
That holds definetly some good inspiration to eloborate further on!