Talk by Jaideep Prabhu

Jugaad Innovation: frugal, flexible and inclusive

Earlier this evening I attended a Cambridge Network event where Jaideep Prabhu—co-author of the book “Jugaad Innovation” and professor at the Judge Business School—gave a talk about innovation practices in developing economies.

Compared to their counterparts in the affluent West, Indian innovators seem to be more:

  • Frugal. They need to do more with less resources
  • Flexible. High uncertainty means they need to change their plans more often
  • Inclusive. Targeted at reaching consumers and partners outside the established economy

Flashforge Creator X

3D-printer joins stable of workshop tools

I’ve just installed a Flashforge Creator X 3D-printer for plastic rapid prototyping.

The Creator X is—like many other 3D-printers—a Makerbot Replicator 2 clone (in itself modelled on the RepRap open-source printer).

mbed on breadboard

Easy prototyping with mbed

Since I attended an introductory workshop a few months ago I have used the mbed module and online IDE/compiler to whip up a number of prototypes.

I’ve been very impressed with how easy it has been to create a working system in very little time. The mbed module is based on the NXP LPC1768 chip (ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit processor) and has plenty of processing power for most applications I can see coming my way.