Tech for Good Ten: Business cards that measure the holder’s heartbeat, the child-friendly search engine and tracking your recycling with your smartphone

7th March 2016 Posted by: Cat Cochrane

Welcome to the Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past seven days.

We’re aiming to share a wide range of links, meeting the people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing the greatest tech for good products, looking at the future of social change technology, and exploring the themes and social issues that technology is tackling locally and globally.

Most importantly, we’ll be meeting the people and institutions who are actually using this technology, showing the positive difference it makes in their lives, their communities and the world around them.

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Tech For Good Ten | 08.03.2016

1//  Can you go five minutes without touching your phone in order to help fund clean water?

One way the Tap Project is helping to mitigate the lethal nature of water poverty is through fundraising activities

2//  Doctor’s business card measures holder’s heartbeat

This open-source electrocardiogram company found a way to create small electrocardiograph meters built into business cards

3//  Europe's largest floating solar array is coming to London

Thames Water has announced that it is building the largest floating solar array in Europe on a reservoir in London

4//  The child-friendly search engine

Preparing kids to process search data in an age of information overload

5//  Track your recycling history with your phone

Can personal data help people reduce their carbon footprint?

6//  Satellite dishes repainted for women’s empowerment in Costa Rica

One cable company is using their satellite dishes to aid women to earn money by helping their home-based businesses gain traction

7//  This thatch-covered building at the University of East Anglia may be the world's greenest building

The ground-breaking Enterprise Centre is the region’s hub for entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses that are committed to building a low carbon future

8//  This website can show your family and friends what reading is actually like if you have dyslexia

It's a glimpse into what someone who has dyslexia might have to deal with every day

9//  A wearable mobility device that can help the blind explore the world better than ever

Giving a better understanding of the mobility needs of the visually impaired and developing solutions to meet those challenges

10//  Solar farms to create natural habitats for threatened British species

Project by RSPB and clean tech firm Anesco boost wildlife at solar farms will help species including turtle doves and skylarks


"Life cycle carbon was one way to sum up the operational carbon and the embodied carbon. Everything was assessed with that attitude rather than just looking at how good is it for passive house. It was bringing the two together." - Gareth Selby, of sustainible architects, Architype


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