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What makes "appropriate technology" is determined by context. Therefore, none of these are absolute - they are simply common features that make a technology "appropriate" to a world where many suffer a lack of basic necessities, a lack of money, and lack of equipment and technological expertise. They are also technologies that have a gentle impact on the earth:

 * Small, as in Small is Beautiful. Small often means affordable and adaptable, and puts the control in the hands of the users. Small also means local, which offers benefits in resilience;

  • Few moving parts - less to go wrong (similar to the KISS principle).
  • Can be built locally;
  • Easily repaired, by local people with locally available equipment;
  • Affordable; and
  • Made with locally available materials.

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Appropriate technology (AT) is technology that is designed with special consideration to the context of its use - including environmental, ethical, cultural, social, political, and economical aspects of the community it is intended for. With these goals in mind, AT proponents claim their methods require fewer resources, are easier to maintain, and have less of an impact on the environment compared to techniques from mainstream technology, which they contend is wasteful and environmentally polluting.

The term is usually used to describe simple technologies proponents consider suitable for use in developing nations or less developed rural areas of industrialized nations. This form of "appropriate technology" usually prefers labor-intensive solutions over capital-intensive ones, although labor-saving devices are also used where this does not mean high capital or maintenance cost. In practice, appropriate technology is often something described as using the simplest level of technology that can effectively achieve the intended purpose in a particular location. In industrialized nations, the term appropriate technology takes a different meaning, often referring to engineering that takes special consideration of its social and environmental ramifications.

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ENGR 215 Introduction to Design projects – Spring 2009: WaterPod: The Spring 2009 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with the WaterPod to research, design, and build systems that foster the artists living sustainably onboard a barge in the waterways of New York City.

Spring 2009 ENGR 215 Intro to Design Projects - WaterPod
Bicycle Energy Generator
An alternative way to convert kinetic energy to AC power by means of a bicycle energy generator  
Soil-less Growing System
A system that would grow food for the occupants of the barge without the presence of soil  
Filter Commander 9000
A water filtration system to make drinkable water from rainwater catchment  
Tour de Volts
A bicycle as a power source to provide a bit of extra energy to the WaterPod  
WaterPod Hang Thyme
A hydroponic green wall that is used to grow herbs in minimal amounts of space  
FBD Rainwater Purification
Exists to provide clean drinking water for the WaterPod Project  
Coopatron 5000
A chicken coop designed to supplement the dietary needs of the inhabitants of the WaterPod  
Rocket Stove
To provide a reliable and sustainable means of cooking by minimizing fuel use and optimizing efficiency  
Pico in a Bucket
To harness the kinetic energy of the falling water from the overflow of the WaterPod's water tower  
WindPod Turbine
A vertical access wind turbine that uses the power of the wind coming from any direction to create energy  
Composting Toilet
Duchamp de Loo, is a composting toilet system that can be used and can educate people about environmental ways to get rid of human waste  

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