Design and manufacturing often focuses on luxury products or drugs to improve sex. R. A. Mashelkar describes the virtues of designs for ultra-low-cost products: dramatic transformational innovation that is extremely affordable.
Getting MORE productivity from LESS investment for MORE benefit to MORE people.
The Nano automobile. Prosthetic devices ($28 foot). Treatment for psoriasis. Also consider the “one laptop per child” effort.
“When you wish to achieve results that have not been achieved before, it is an unwise fancy to think that they can be achieved by using methods that have been used before.” -Sir Francis Bacon