THE TALKING BOOK: Sharing Knowledge In Poor, Rural Communities
The Talking Book is the world’s most affordable, durable, audio device designed specifically for people who cannot read and who live without electricity. Local experts spread knowledge reliably and easily with no information loss, and rural teachers complement their lessons with interactive applications and audio books. It is designed for use in local languages, using locally produced content, as a tool to promote literacy among primary school children.
We talked to one of the developers Abkul Orto, also coordinator Research & Linkage in the Faculty of Science and IT, at KCA University in Nairobi, Kenya. He said that there were a total of 160 developers involved in the development of The Talking Book. He also explained how it can be used to create quizzes, connect and exchange audio without any additional equipment, record audio. It has currently been implemented in Ghana successfully. [At MAKERFAIRE AFRICA 2010]