The invention of a secondary school student has gotten Namibia’s social media abuzz for the right reasons. Simon Petrus has created a mobile phone that works with radio frequencies, no sim card nor airtime credit required.
Phone Calls can be made to anyone, anywhere, without interruptions, as long as they are done in an area with radio frequency.
The invention, which took two years for him to complete, was put together using scraps of old television and mobile phones, and required over $2,000 funding from his unemployed parents who sacrificed a lot to ensure their son’s project was successful
Petrus’ invention is already multifunction – it features ports for charging traditional mobile phones, a fan, a light bulb, and a screen that displays one television station. “The handset functions off power supplied through a radiator and is able to make calls to anywhere through the use of radio frequencies,”
The difference between the new technology and the first invention is that the telephone will not require a SIM card, and it will not be mobile.
He was offered a tertiary education scholarship by the country’s telecoms operator Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC). International scholarships and international media interview are lined up for him . he hopes to the fruits of his labour will take him to higher levels.
In regions where technology and resources are both scarce, inventors and makers have taken it upon themselves to fill the gaps. The DIY-culture in rural and urban African areas has given rise to innovations like Malaria detection devices and even customized means of transport.