If you've ever wondered if we've already seen the best technology can offer, I encourage you to check out the recent TechWorld piece that highlights 24 pretty amazing technologies developed for social good in the UK and beyond. Bright minds in startups continue to create life-impacting technologies, as you'll see in our sneak peek at a few of them below. – Philip Bane
What's especially compelling about the 24 technologies TechWorld chose for its roundup is that so many of them offer solutions to real human problems. Take a look at five of them that address health and wellness:
- Skin Analytics enables people to use a smartphone to check their risk of melanoma, a skin cancer that reportedly claims a life every 10 minutes. With the Cambridge-based company's technology – a specially designed lens and phone app – people can screen and map their moles at home. The app, however, does not diagnose. The company warns only a doctor can do that.
- SpeakSet describes itself as the world’s simplest remote care service, or put another way, a Skype for the over 65s. It provides a video connection from a health professional to a patient’s TV in their own home. This empowers older folks to live independently and improves their lives and enables health professionals to deliver compassionate care more efficiently, rather than spending hours a week travelling.
- Peek (the Portable Eye Examination Kit) is a smartphone-based system for comprehensive eye testing anywhere in the world. It enables health workers to test eyes easily and affordably, including in remote and underserved areas. “People working together solve blindness,” says Dr. Andrew Bastawrous, Peek Vision’s Co-Founder and CEO. “Our technology is designed to help them.”
- Open Bionics says there are an estimated two million hand amputees in the world and the cost of bionic limbs can be as much as £80,000. Offering an alternative, the UK startup is developing affordable and open source 3D printed bionic hands for amputees. And for kids, the company recently announced a new generation of prosthetics inspired by Disney characters.
- mOm Incubator is a technological response to the estimated one million babies born prematurely every year who do not survive past their first few months of life – a particularly tough challenge in the developing world. The London-based startup offers an inexpensive (£250), electronically controlled, inflatable infant incubator designed and built to decrease the number of infant deaths. Company founder James Roberts was working on his university degree when challenged to ‘design something that solves a problem.’ He heard that the lack of incubators in Syria during the civil war was costing them an entire generation – and that inspired the mOm Incubator.
Be sure to click over to TechWorld for more a look at 19 more up-and-coming technologies.
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This article is from the Council's Compassionate Cities initiative which highlights how city leaders and other stakeholders can leverage smart technologies to end suffering in their communities and give all citizens a route out of poverty. Click the Compassionate Cities box on our registration page to receive our weekly newsletter.
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