Wind-up radio, 1992, UK/South Africa

Oropallo, Gabriele (2014) Wind-up radio, 1992, UK/South Africa. In: Iconic designs: 50 stories about 50 things. Bloomsbury, pp. 231-233. ISBN 9780857853516

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The Lifeline Energy wind-up radio is an example of interaction between invention, design, and social-minded enterprise. The inventor Trevor Baylis, who conceived it in 1991, had already developed a series of products for disabled people called Orange Aids (1985) when he began work on a human-powered radio. The story of the development of the device is one of fruitful interplay between seemingly antithetical categories such as low-tech and high-tech, developed and developing world, and philanthropy and venture capitalism.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: wind-up radios; low-energy consumption; human-powered devices; post-colonialism
Subjects: 600 Technology > 680 Manufacture for specific uses
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts
900 History & geography > 960 History of Africa
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Gabriele Oropallo
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2020 11:22
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2020 11:22


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