"there's a windup radio"
Baygen Wind Up Radio
GNU Free Documentation LicenseBaygen Wind Up Radio - Credit: J D Pfaff

In 1993, inventor and former stuntman Trevor Baylis was watching a programme about the spread of AIDS in Africa, which pointed to the need for better mass communication.  Radio was the most common form of mass communication, yet electricity and batteries were not always available in many parts of the continent.  So Trevor took to his workshop and invented the windup radio, powered by turning a crank.

In 1996, the radio was awarded the BBC Design Award for Best Product and Best Design.


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