Radio Backpack, Age of Wonderland

Age of Wonderland is an initiative by Baltan Laboratories, Hivos and the Dutch Design Foundation. It brings together creative makers and thinkers from all over the world to collaborate and share knowledge and create social change across the globe. Out of necessity of Indonesian journalist Iman Abdurrahman, Iman and Studio Joris de Groot join their forces in order to create a radio backpack that can broadcast live from disaster areas. This backpack will contain a mini radio station, powered by long-lasting batteries and mini solar panels, as well as a mini database that makes data accessible that is necessary to predict upcoming disasters such as tsunamis and volcano outbursts. The Backpack Radio Station can be a life saver for people living in one of the remote communities on the over 17.000 islands of Indonesia, who have no access to information an communication through ICT.

Studio Joris de Groot is responsible for the design and development of the backpack. The backpack is made out of water- and fireproof lightweight aramide materials. These materials are normally used in extremely protective fire fighting suits. In this design process, De Groot collaborates with Ten Cate, world leader in the production of protective fabrics.

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