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Early sighting

Autism could be detected before birth. Now, a San Francisco female inventor has created an app which recognises the early stages of Parkinson’s. A person’s face is filmed while they carry out various online tests; the film is then analysed using facial recognition software. The AI is trained to perceive initial signs of the disease, usually caused by low...

Rebuilding relief

After a stroke, muscle strength can be rebuilt through gaming. However, those affected by brain injuries need long-term support to find their way back into their social lives. Personal experience led English twins to develop an app which helps people start their neurorehabilitation journey, while relieving the burden on family members providing care. Our brain is flexible, and certain...

Sounds good

Office noise can be soothing and silence liberating. Now, thanks to a New York startup’s new app, users can search for venues according to internal noise levels. Meaning our ears can be protected from undue strain or harm. Places are graded in four categories with anything under 70 decibels designated ‘quiet’ and anything over 81 as ‘very loud’. Data...

Healthy connection

Period poverty should be a thing of the past. For 84% of South Africans, however, going to the doctor’s is too expensive. Cue a Johannesburg-based startup whose new app offers affordable assistance from an online network of medical, psychological and nursing personnel. First, a virtual assistant records users’ medical history and symptoms, data which is saved and made accessible...

Preservation without borders

A computer-controlled hand is removing barriers for the deaf-blind community. And now a research team from Queensland University has developed an app that promotes international dialogue between scientists aiming to preserve endangered species of bird. Often, birds’ territory extends across continents and linguistic boundaries. In the app, species at risk of extinction are categorised according to language. A move...

Stable connection

Dopamine makes us happy. A deficiency can lead to Parkinson’s. Molecule pairs and nasal spray should, in future, spur production of the hormone. Now, working with experts and patients, an advertising firm’s international team has developed a free app that counteracts the tremors that are typical of the disease. As a first step, surfing the internet on iPads will...

Helpful head start

Whether it’s an armband that converts language to text, or a chat app for mental challenges, modern technology provides an array of support. Now four young women from Dubai are aiming to improve the lives of schizophrenia patients. The tenth-graders recently won an international competition with their headband, which monitors signals from the brain and detects anomalies. These triggers...

Entertaining codetermination

Cookery courses bring variety to our home-cooking. Virtual boot camps help women teach themselves how to code games. Now, with her California-based startup, a Ukrainian founder has developed a platform which allows female authors and diverse creators to turn their novels into games for mobile devices. No coding knowledge required. Gaming fans can currently choose from 3,500 different stories...

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