Africans have come up with innovative technological products to ease their mode of operation and to carry out activities faster, smoothly, and smarter.
These products are produced from different countries in Africa Like Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Ethiopia. Below are the lists of their products:
Charge your Mobile with your Shoe: Mutua Shoe Charger (Kenya)
The 24-year-old Kenyan Anthony Mutua has invented a new way to charge mobile phones: via your shoes! His invention consists of electronic chips that are incorporated in a shoe sole. The chips convert the pressure you put on by walking on the shoes into electricity. The current version leads the electricity through a cable from your shoe to your pocket and costs around 35 euros. The product is currently being further developed for mass production.
African Smartphone: Dream Mobile (South Africa)
Dream Mobile is a South African company that produces low-cost smartphones for the African market. The Dream Mobile phones are specifically designed for African consumers. For example, telephones offer space for two SIM cards, but they also have specific software with a data compression system, which reduces telephone costs. And they provide explicit access to African apps and other African content.
Touch-Screen Stickers: ViViFi (Egypt)
The Egyptian company ViViFi has developed a new technology with which non-conductive materials (such as wood, glass, plastic, etc.) can be turned into interactive touch screens. A transparent sticker that detects touch is stuck on the material and ensures that signals can be transmitted via touch.
African Payment App: M-Duka (Uganda)
M-Duka is a Ugandan company that wants to make mobile payments in Africa easier. Through a mobile app and online platform, consumers can pay for products and services, and producers can receive money online.
Modular Solar Lamp: KARIBU Solar Power (Tanzania)
KARIBU Solar Power makes solar energy accessible to more than 500 million Africans without proper access to light and electricity. The modular lamp consists of a solar panel, rechargeable battery with phone charger, and lamp. Micro-entrepreneurs are used to selling modular lamps, initially keeping the solar panel for themselves. The consumer then pays for charging until the lamp is paid off after a few weeks and the solar panel is also owned.
Online Family Platform Fammissima (Tunisia)
Via the online platform Famissima, families come into contact with each other and with relevant products and services. The company was founded by a Tunisian female entrepreneur, Ahlem Bouchahda-ben Takaya. Members can share experiences with a community of parents. They can also organize their family life with tools such as an agenda, to-do lists, a food planner, a pregnancy diary, and a budget manager.
Public Transport App GoMetro (South Africa)
GoMetro combines information about various public transport services (train, bus, taxis, and more) in a mobile app. The official timetables (which are often missing) are supplemented with information that users add in real-time. Both commuters and transport providers are enabled by the app to make changes, experiences, and tips accessible. The app is hyper-local, but can also be scaled globally at the same time.
Property Management App: RAMP (Nigeria)
RAMP (Resident Association Management Portal) is an innovative web app that simplifies the management of properties with tenants or owners associations, in Nigeria and elsewhere in the world. Features include management of processes such as fee collection, SMS and email alerts, data management, reporting, and much more.
Recommendation Platform Dibsr (Ethiopia)
Dibs is an online community where purchases are judged. Anyone who knows a lot about computers, music, or restaurants, for example, can share his/her knowledge on the platform. Users of the platform can search for products and see reviews. The platform offers SMEs the opportunity to promote their products.
Next Level / Flex-MES
Next Level offers companies real-time data about production processes. Many manufacturing companies spend a lot of time and energy keeping track of operations. Next Level automates this and provides real-time dashboards, with information ranging from the time it takes employees to complete a task, to the number of finished products packaged. Algorithms have also been developed based on the collected data suggestions, warnings, and other changes to improve the production process.