A Prime Example of Our Potential
Watch the first three minutes of this video from where it begins (it's quite entertaining).
In Thailand, children scavenge the areas around their homes for crickets after a day at school. The following day, the children bring their previously caught crickets to be combined with other children's collections, and this constitutes their daily lunch. Essentially, these children feed themselves during school by picking insects from fields the day prior.
Entomon has tremendous potential in situations like this. We have reliable material that can be easily managed and stored, even by young children. With multiple Entomons (and some supervision), these children could be taught methods to farm massive amounts of crickets for their classmates and their lunches. The information pertinent to raising crickets could be integrated in an approach to teach/learn fundamental ideas in biology--and could thus improve their skills in rearing the crickets. Children would in turn discuss these processes with their parents and could engage them in cricket farming as well.
Here is another important point we haven't emphasized quite enough:
An Entomon will always be coupled with education.
And education for successfully raising and breeding crickets is not very difficult. A cricket's life cycle is short and the Entomon upkeep is not laborious. Naturally, crickets raise themselves. Being a self-taught cricket farmer is certainly a challenge, as I have had a few failures in my last five months of raising crickets. However, these factors were controlled and improved--and we now have successful yields with our product.
We are currently working to develop instructional material to integrate with methods of correctly raising crickets through an Entomon... so that even school children can do it.
In the blog about our Texas A&M challenge, Garrett mentions "...yes, that's right, other students at A&M are farming crickets, too." And this is true. We have two friends who live together that manage their own Entomon with over two thousand crickets. We usually make a weekly trip to their garage. We check their temperature and humidity levels, thoroughly learn about any problems they have, assist with the upkeep, and generally maintain the lives of the crickets. Since our beta users are close to us, monitoring their progress isn't difficult--but what about people who are using our product in other countries? In our current position, questions like this aren't the easiest to answer. If Entomon employees, NGOs, or members from other aid-organizations were first taught to use our product and the rearing process, then they could in turn console regional users on their trials and the upkeep necessary to have persistent yields. This is where Entomon has the potential to create jobs, too!
However, there are other ways to maintain correspondence as well. Nonetheless, this is an integral part in our products success and we are continuing to seek out the best way to educate and ensure our users success.