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Kenyan Builds DIY Smart Home

Using an array of salvaged electronics, Kenyan tinkerer Simon Mwaura turned his cell phone into a remote control that lets him turn on lights, monitor his front door, and even brew tea.

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Community incinerator turns slum garbage into cooking heat


AfriGadget takes a look at a clever garbage incinerator deployed in Kibera, Kenya, that turns waste fuel and garbage into cooking heat for residents. The design of the furnace actually allows plastics and other waste to be burnt without releasing …

Biashara Phone with Credit Card Scanner


This "Biashara" phone with a built-in credit card scanner is being marketed to vendors in Africa, who (in Kenya at least) have stuck primarily to cash because credit card terminals have not been readily available. The phone can process about …