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Inventing the clockwork radio

The context

How do you find out what's going on in the world, your country and local community? Do you:

If you live in a remote part of the world, finding out what's going on is much more difficult. Without television, radio or a daily newspaper, people often miss out on vital information about everything from schooling and health education to refugee assistance and aid relief.

Back in the early 1990s, inventor Trevor Baylis was sitting at home in the UK watching a TV programme about the spread of AIDS in Africa. In the programme, the World Health Organisation stated that the biggest problem was getting vital health education information to people. Radio was the only means of communication in many areas, but few homes had access to electricity. And both mains electricity and batteries were too expensive for most people.

Trevor Baylis realised that there was a need for a new way of communicating that used another form of energy. He headed for his workshop, determined to solve the problem.



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