Four World-Changing Products Dreamed Up by Bill Gates
Friday, November 22, 2013
This holiday season, Bill Gates wants stuff that doesn’t exist. Not for himself, mind you, but for the developing world. Gates has tons of ideas for products that would improve lives there, if only someone would build them. So WIRED decided to bring his wish list to life: We asked four premier product design firms to turn some of his notions into full-blown prototypes. The results are a bit fanciful—but every lifesaving innovation starts with a great idea.
The Challenge: Create a portable, all-purpose power source.
The Solution: You can transform lives with just 10 watts if you can provide it at any time—that’s enough to power a tablet, a refrigerator, and lights for studying at night. But how do you deliver that energy to the 1.2 billion people living off the grid? The Juice Box turns any power source—from a windmill to a microdam— into a battery charge. There’s even a lantern attached.
Why It Doesn’t Exist Yet: Manufacturers of similar devices focus on a single region or energy source instead of widespread applicability.