Tech for Good Ten: The five language app that's integrating refugees in Germany, the better night's sleep bed and lab-grown testicles aiding wounded soldiers to conceive children

18th January 2016 Posted by: Cat Cochrane

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Tech For Good Ten | 18.01.2016

1//  The chance of a better night’s sleep is here on top of the ‘IT’ bed

By connecting to health apps, readjusting its firmness and promising to increase the quantity of sleep, Sleep Numbers are helping customers’ zzz-s

2//  This free app in five languages is helping refugees ‘arrive’ in Germany

The German government gives backing to the Ankommen smartphone app as a positive way for new arrivals to integrate themselves into the country

3//  A quartet of the best food-tracking apps for a healthier 2016

From calorie-counting, nutrition-intaking and losing weight these four apps are rising as go-to choices at the start of the year

4//  Testicles grown in labs can allow wounded soldiers to still father children

Biology and surgery combine to grow testicular tissues, expand the cells and put it back into the patient with effective results allowing men to still conceive

5//  Parkinson’s tremors could be solved by this toy-inspired glove

With the design of spinning discs, the motion of the GyroGlove reduces shakes for sufferers

6//  A unique belt design that can add freedom to the lives of blind people

The augmented sensory feelSpace worn around the waist vibrates to help the user have a constant awareness of compass north

7//  It may not be sexy, but this Colorado city uses human faeces to power its public utility vehicles

Grand Junction processes eight million gallons of human waste into renewable natural gas used to run its garbage trucks and transit buses

8//  Meet the robotic cat curing loneliness for the elderly

Designed to mimic a real feline, this companion pet has positive effects for dementia sufferers

9//  Half a dozen trends that will shape US electric power in 2016

Natural gas, storage and microgrids are among the six areas expected to play a big role in shaping the business of electric this year


10//  Connected shower head changes colours to highlight your water wastage

Hydrao’s new shower design aims to highlight the amount of water and energy we overuse by setting warning colour configurations


Ankommen is billed by its creators as “the guide for your first weeks in Germany.” It’s supposed to help incoming asylum seekers learn the language, understand German culture and customs, and find a job. Its website exhorts users to “become part of society and join in.”


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