Tech for Good Ten: A car made from cannabis hemp, a talking glove and a clever re-appropriation of one the world's most popular games

24th May 2016 Posted by: Sam Firman

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.

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Tech For Good Ten | 24.05.2016

1//  Introducing the carbon-negative, cannabis-hemp-produced racing car

Tesla isn't the only company poised to revolutionise the automotive industry. Renew Sports Cars produce ultra-low-carbon racing cars, and their latest project is car made primarily from cannabis hemp. Doubly progressive. 

2//  The Canadian hospital using wearable heart tech to try and pre-empt illness

Rockyview General Hospital, in Calgary, is testing a medical-grade wearable designed to alert doctors if a patient is trending towards illness. Whilst many heart monitors can measure heart rates at intervals, Biotricity's new model can actually measure the milliseconds between heartbeats.

3//  Synthetic-life scientists are contemplating the creation of an entire human genome. Are we ready?

Although synthetic biology has been progressing for some time, and these discussions are at a relatively early stage, the potential consequences of synthetc genomes - for humans and for life more widely - are truly profound.

4//  Two undergraduates have designed a glove that translates sign language into spoken English

What were you doing during you undergraduate years? Wallowing in the pub? Not two undergrads from Washington State University, who have created a glove with awesome potential for those who use sign language.

5//  The latest drone iteration: insect-robots that can perch and launch from ceilings

Scientists have created a tiny, nimble drone called Robo-bee, the likes of which are already being trialled in environmental monitoring and disaster relief.

6//  The matchmaking service focused on knowledge-sharing, not romance

Canadian startup E-180 has developed a matchmaking service that aims to pair people on the basis of knowledge. Although their initial focus is on education and business solutions, if their algorithm works well, it's not difficult to imagine more social applications. Watch this space...

7//  The beautiful design hoping to represent the future of self-sustainable living

EFFEKT, a Danish agency, have designed a self-sustaining, off-grid community of greenhouse properties. Set to be trialled this year in the Netherlands, and looking to combat a wide range of environmental issues, the design represents an exciting development in our attempts to live sustainably.

8//  3D printing could be set to play a significant role in disaster relief

There are well-founded fears around 3D printing. What about weapons, for instance? But there are also extremely positive potential applications for the technology. Organisations like Field Ready are already printing equipment in the field.

9//  Ford is producing materials from captured C02

Within five years, Ford hopes to integrate foams and plastics produced from captured C02 into its car production. The move is a first for automakers, and could lead to massive reductions in the industry's petroleum usage.

10//  What if playing Candy Crush Saga helped advance science?

Fraxinus - taking its name from the Latin, Fraxinus excelsior, for ash tree - is a game that looks a lot like Candy Crush. But there's a key difference: it uses real genetic data in an attempt to use players to help work out why ash trees are so susceptible to Chalara. So whether Candy Crush is your guilty pleasure or the bane of your tube commute, it's time to get promoting.


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