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Humanitarian tech: gadgets that aid relief efforts (photos)

These inventions can improve the lives of those in developing regions of the world.

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Topic: Innovation
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Adspecs

Adspecs are oil-filled vision correction eyeglasses that can be adjusted by changing how much oil is in the lens. The inventor, Joshua Silver, says the glasses cost between $5 to $10 dollars, but hopes to get it around a dollar.

Credit: U.S. Department of Defense

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com
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ReadySet portable energy storage

ReadySet is a portable energy storage device that allows those living off the grid to recharge cell phones and other electronics. It can be recharged via solar panels or using the from a stationary bicycle.

Credit: Fenix International

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Cycloclean

is a bicycle that doubles as a water filtering device. Developed by Nippon Basic, the filtering process is powered by pedaling, which produces as much  as three tons of clean water during a ten hour bike ride.

Credit: Cycloclean

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com
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Device harvests water from fog

A student from MIT named Shreerang Chhatre has created a net made of mesh material that attracts water droplets from moisture in the air. The pooled water is then collected inside a receptacle.

Credit: MIT

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com
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Hippo Water Roller

The Hippo Water Roller is barrel-shaped container with a handle designed to help those in remote regions easily transport as much as five times more clean water from a source. The container holds up to 24 gallons of water.

Credit: Hippo Water Roller Project

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com
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LifeStraw

LifeStraw is a straw-shaped water filter that removes disease-causing contaminants from water. It filters a maximum of 1000 liters of water.

Credit: LifeStraw

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com
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SolarBall

The was invented to help those who have limited access to clean drinking water. The device takes advantage of the evaporation process to filter and produce up to three liters of clean water a day.

Credit: Monash University

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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