TFG Ten: Bionic Legs, Detecting Earthquakes and Fighting Homelessness

14th April 2015 Posted by: Ben Matthews

Welcome to this week’s Tech For Good Ten, where we share the best 10 links in the Tech For Good world from the past week. 

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Tech For Good Ten: 14.04.2015


1. What if a bionic leg is so good that someone chooses to amputate?

Hugh Herr, a double amputee, top mountain climber and biophysicist, has done inspiring work aimed at eliminating disability


2. Politics Today, Politechs Tomorrow

If we inform our lives at our convenience through technology, and our primary news channel is no longer managed by the traditional broadcasting corporations but has shifted to our rapid social news feeds, then how do we engage future generations in the meatier topics of economics and politics?


3. How your phone could help detect earthquakes

A new study by the US Geological Survey shows GPS sensors built into phones and other gadgets are capable of detecting ground movement caused by large earthquakes, and could warn people of tremors before they occur.


4. What the fourth industrial revolution looks like

Welcome to life after the fourth industrial revolution, where all of the objects you use on a day to day basis are custom-made and constantly talking to one another for your benefit.


5. 'Paper microchip' can diagnose HIV anywhere

A bio-sensing platform that combines a smartphone and a "paper microchip" could transform the diagnosis of a number of diseases, including HIV, in remote locations. All that is required from a patient to perform a diagnosis using the platform is a drop of blood from the fingertip.


6. Fighting Homelessness, One Smartphone at a Time

Some companies are turning to technology to aid people who sleep on the streets, for whom a phone can be a lifeline.


7. Interactive domestic violence advert lets passers-by 'heal' victim's bruises

Women's Aid has launched an interactive billboard - the first of its kind in the UK - to raise awareness about domestic abuse.


8. The app that helps you discover edible weeds

Two scientists from the University of California, Berkeley are using crowdsourcing to help map the location of edible weeds across a number of neighbourhoods in California.


9. Could tech lift the lid on bee behaviour?

Bees play an important role in much of the food we eat, but what happens inside the hive remains largely a mystery. With numbers in decline, could technology help unlock what is going on and provide a better understanding of bee behaviour?


10. Beacon technology to help navigate Tokyo’s transport

Tokyo is investing in beacon technology to guide the three million people who use Shibuya train station every day.


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