Tech for Good Ten: The earpiece that detects and warns of epileptic seizures, the semi-conductive fabric soaking up oil spills and the technology helping to teach children in Malawi

19th April 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.

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Tech For Good Ten | 19.04.2016

1//  The technology helping to teach children in Malawi

This short video shows how teachers can assess the progress of 4-5 year olds as they learn Maths, English and local languages with the aid of apps

2//  Genetic testing and breakthroughs in the cloud are giving clinicians and pharmaceuticals tools to target treatments more effectively

Identifying the faulty gene that causes cancer is enabling doctors to work out which drugs are likely to be the most effective

3//  How tech is combatting financial fraud that affects us all, totalling £755m in the UK alone last year

Service providers are developing frictionless, invisible security without holding up our day or taxing our fallible memories

4//  The search engine that donates advertising profits to planting trees

Ecosia is an eco-friendly search engine that donates around 80% of its surplus advertising income to a tree planting program

5//  The story of the sunglasses designed to help the blind see

Saqib Shaikh, a software developer from London who lost his sight at the age of seven has been developing an application to tranform his and the vision of others

6//  The greenest restaurant in the world is a school cafeteria

The MUSE School in California implemented 49 environmental steps, becoming a 4-star certified green restaurant after earning more GreenPoints than any restaurant in the world

7//  Powerhive is delivering prepaid solar microgrids to rural villages

Combining solar, energy storage and mobile connectivity, this solution for the developing world's energy needs provide an entire village with clean, affordable power

8//  Semi-conductive fabric soaks up oil spills while fighting bacteria and pollutants

Efforts to find better ways to better extract oil from water that emerged in the aftermath of damaging oil spillages

9//  Flexible e-skin display is thinner than cling film and tracks blood oxygen levels

Durable, flexing OLED prototype can be worn on the skin to display blood-oxygen levels, with developers working to afford it other health-monitoring abilities

10//  Earpiece detects and warns of epileptic seizures

The EPItect sensor can be worn by the patient like a hearing aid, which will pick up and measure any telltale signs of impending seizures



"Your phone actually imprints a unique sound into the call which you can't discern with the human ear, so we can usually tell if a fraudster is pretending to call from a local landline but actually using VoIP." - Matt Peachey, General Manager of Pindrop


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