Vortex Engineering Is Building Low-Cost ATMs for Third World Countries


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A startup in India is building inexpensive, power-efficient automated teller machines for poor regions in third world countries where such machines can positively impact economic activity for locals. It’s a laudable idea, but unfortunately these machines appear to follow the same misguided industrial design philosophy that I wrote about last month: their vaguely tech-y shapes and aesthetics would seem to make them vulnerable to ATM skimmers being grafted onto them and victimizing unsuspecting consumers. See Vortex’s products here.