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Audible recognition

A computer game is raising childrens’ awareness of diabetes. Now, using smartphones, a research team from Washington University has developed a low-cost hearing screening system especially suitable for infants. Microphone probes are connected to standard earphones and coupled with an app. Two different tones are sent into the ear at the same time. All being well, a third tone...

Literal connection

Technology skills can be acquired early through play. Now, with its new app, a Dutch startup is supporting an important area of education in schools. The goal: to make reading attractive for children and young people. Being able to read isn’t just important, it also promotes concentration, reduces stress, develops language skills and fosters our sense of imagination. Teachers...

Promoting perception

Given the right entertainment factor, people are happy to go without plastic bottles. Now, a Brazilian startup is helping children and young people on the autism spectrum to learn through play. Their app is based on specialist knowledge and uses the effect of visual perception, which, after all, is closely related to rational thinking and emotional intelligence. An association...

Realised reduction

Biodegradable jeans decompose fully within 6 months. And now, two parents from Oregon have developed baby shoes that dissolve in boiling water. Like these founders before them, their startup aims to reduce textile waste. The soft shoes are suitable for babies up to 1 year old, and are made from silk fabric coated with biodegradable plastic. Sturdy and machine-washable...

Hardwearing growth

Some car tyres adjust their diameter. Now a London-based shoe startup is working on kids’ sneakers that adjust by three or more half-sizes to keep up with fast growing feet. Sustainability is key for the female founder and her team, who are using organic cotton and pineapple leaf fibres for new shoes, as well as offering a recycling service...

Developing discovery

Vibrating beds soothe premature babies. The desire to become a parent is not based on gender. In the course of a lifetime some females identify as male and undergo bodily changes. But the desire to be a parent can remain. This means interrupting testosterone therapy and enduring accompanying physical and psychological challenges. Now a reproductive biologist from Edinburgh University...

Independent spark

A pulsating bed can ensure newborns have the best start to life. Now, a Nigerian startup is using technology to treat babies with jaundice. Working with a paediatrician and her husband, the female founder has developed a solar-powered bed that emits blue LED light in a special wavelength. The rays help the liver break down excess bilirubin in the...

Sensible repetition

No one is born a master. And we learn best when we use all our senses. Now, thanks to a woman and her startup from Berlin, children with dyslexia or reading difficulties are able to access additional support. Their app is geared specifically towards 6-14 year-olds. Its activities are designed to combine different senses like sight, hearing and touch...

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