Via the always fascinating Afrigadget, a Kenyan solution to a problem even more severe in urban East Africa than in the US: car theft. According to the story on Kenya Television News, a young man named Morris Mbetsa, with no formal training beyond a high school diploma, has invented a system that will alert the user via mobile phone if his or her car is started. Then the owner can decide whether to call the cops, kill the cars engine by sending it a code, or listen in on the presumed theives' conversation.
The video's just two minutes, but totally worth watching: first, to hear what has to be the clearest diction from a newscaster ever, and then toward the end, to listen to Morris slip into a fantastic Swahili/English hybrid description of the system's workings ("Na halafu, unaweza ku-confirm au deny," etc.)
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