Potable water for poor communities

Dean Kamen has invented many wonderful things besides the Segway. His latest is a high-powered, efficient water purifier that he hopes to roll out all over poor parts of the world to relieve the diseases caused by contaminated water.

His company, DEKA , has teamed up with Coca-Cola to deliver thousands of EkoCenters. These solar-powered kiosks are placed on a concrete pad, hoooked up to the local water supply and provide the following services:

  1. Potable drinking water through the DEKA water purifiers.
  2. Free charging stations for cell-phones etc.
  3. Cold storage for vaccines
  4. Sell Coke products (Gotta get the next generation hooked, after all)
  5. Employment for those servicing it
  6. Entertainment for locals through the attached TV
Read more about it here.