Tech for Good Ten: the digi gas and electric meter revolution, smart luggage GPS and assisted revolution super coral

17th November 2015 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 | 17.11.2015


1// Replacing gas and electric meters for digital ones can help tackle global warming

New devices save customers money, promote more competition and innovation and change the way the global energy industry works

2// How smart luggage and GPS tracking could transform air travel for the masses

Text message alerts when your luggage has been taken off the carousel or if someone opens baggage without your consent

3// ‘Assisted evolution’ being used by scientists to create super coral

Combatting the worry that coral reefs can’t evolve fast enough to adjust to climate change and warming of our oceans

4// The new bike lock that opens using the owner’s thumbprint

Creating a faster, easier and smarter user experience for cyclists with the help of biometric tech

5// How to tell if your child’s educational app is actually educational

Two authors spent five years researching the role of media and technology on children’s literacy to discover the results

6// Inflatable solar lights that could aid night time earthquake areas

The company that is providing their products to developing countries and communities where there is no reliable access to electricity

7// Heat, light and power for refugees: saving lives, reducing costs

First ever global analysis of refugees’ energy use shows nine million people are living in camps with have no access to electricity resulting in poor lighting and little warmth

8// This mobile app could make childbirth safer in Ethiopia, one of the world’s deadliest relating to post-natal figures

Safe Delivery App gives simple instructions via animations and graphics in local languages and English on how to deal with emergency childbirth

9// Protein findings open new avenues to the understanding and treatment of schizophrenia

Combined research in Ireland and Australia helping to make sense of rapid advances in genetics and the identification of hundreds of risk genes

10// Implantable LED devices could 'turn off' pain signals before they reach the brain

Soft, flexible devices that can be implanted into a patient's body and theoretically block pain signals from the spinal cord


"Smart meter roll-out is a catalyst for change... It's stage one in the move towards connected homes and buildings linked in to smart grids." - Howard Porter, chief executive of Beama, the UK electrical infrastructure industry trade association


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