TFG Ten: Fighting cancer, simulating dementia and endangered emoji

12th May 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.

We’re aiming to share a wide range of links, meeting people behind the latest digital innovations, showcasing the greatest tech for good products

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Tech For Good Ten: 12.05.2015


1. Robots let bedridden art lovers explore museums remotely

While most museums make a big effort to make their spaces accessible to as many people as possible, countless citizens are still unable to visit because of poor health or disabilities. Now, a roaming video device called Beam could enable people to explore the exhibits in museums and galleries remotely.


2. The unmanned aerial vehicles that are giving drones a good name

Use of drones in Nepal earthquake relief effort and, which allows users to upload their aerial photos, are just two examples of non-military use.


3. Endangered Emoji

WWF are using to save real animals from extinction.


4. 'Dementia simulator' among new games on show in Dundee

A video game simulating the impact of Alzheimer's disease is among the work going on show at Abertay University's digital graduate show.


5. Hi-tech shame offers a unique solution to Hong Kong's litter problem

A new eco-ad campaign uses DNA analysis to create digital portraits of litterbugs.


6. IBM's “Watson” supercomputer has a new program: Fighting Cancer

In addition to being one of the most advanced computers ever created, IBM’s Watson is also one of the most accomplished. Now the super-productive supercomputer is preparing to use its unprecedented processing power for a much more serious project by fighting cancer.


7. A 60p microscope is helping diagnose diseases and save lives

Manu Prakash has invented a 60 pence microscope and sent 50,000 of them to children, teachers, pharmacists, farmers and health workers around the world. Now, the Indian-born Stanford professor wants to liberate the rest of the lab.


8. How the iPhone could play a role in genetics research

Apple is collaborating with U.S. researchers to help launch apps that would offer some iPhone owners the chance to get their DNA tested, many of them for the first time.


9. Cards for Mindfulness

Packed with inspiration and practical exercises, Cards for Mindfulness is a set of beautifully-designed cards which bring awareness, calm and kindness to wherever you are. Each set comes with 48 cards which have an inspiring phrase or idea on one side and a more detailed exercise related to that phrase on the other.


10. Educating Britain's young people for the next industrial revolution

Robotics, automation and the internet of things will be at the centre of our future economy, but is the UK doing enough to ensure the younger generation is ready?


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