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iTone (Hand Crank Lifesaver)

iTone is a simple device that can be used in case of emergencies

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

"In middle of the flood, there's nothing you can do but to look for something you have and make use of it for you to live." This is a statement from one of the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan here in the Philippines. From this scenario, I would like to address the lack of available emergency toolkit for slum areas here in the Philippines, and probably, other countries experiencing the same circumstances. iTone is a simple, handy, hand-cracked flashlight with whistle. This device can help people stranded in flooded areas to call for help. The hand-cranking feature gives iTone unlimited source of light while the whistle attached in it can help the survivor call the attention of rescuers. This can solve the other side of communication problem people experience, that is, communication under the worst case scenario.

WHO BENEFITS?

This viable device will be made affordable and it is ideally be distributed to all who are in need. iTone is created for implementation in the Philippines and the neighboring countries.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

There is much effort to have a centralized communication here in the Philippines but the unavailability of the resources needed made it a challenge for the government and the helping organizations. Now, through iTone, the power to communicate in times of disaster can be in our hands. Moreover, this device can also be used to inspire designers around the world that innovation does not always come from conceptualization of high-end products. Simple device such as iTone can be readily handcrafted at home and save lives.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am Juk Angeles, a solution designer from Maynilad (Philippines). I am psychology graduate who thinks that the world can be changed through perfect efforts.

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Juan,
Some variations of this device are already manufactured and on the market. These devices include a dynamo, flashlight, AM/FM radio, and on some, a USB receptacle for charing mobile devices. I really like your addition of a whistle!

So how might we procure and distribute these types of devices to the communities most likely to benefit from them?