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Recognising the signs

An intelligent bracelet can help people with hearing difficulties participate in conversations. During online meetings, the screen usually displays the person who is speaking through an integrated microphone. Not, however, when call participants are communicating by sign language. Until now. A Toronto-based startup is working on a solution using artificial intelligence, which recognises sign language and is able to...

Elevating removal

Internal wounds could be closed by a robot with an integrated 3D-printer. Sometimes, however, a blood transfusion is required. Here, blood type and Rh factor must be identical for donor and patient, although type 0 can generally be used for types A, B and AB. Need is unpredictable, and donated blood can only be stored for 42 days. Now,...

Elevated standing

Thanks to an app people with disabilities can date on an equal footing. And soon the same could be true for wheelchair users - at work and at home. A Lithuanian startup has developed a mobile device, which moves people from a sitting to a standing position at the touch of a button. The equipment is self-balancing and controlled...

Changing clarity

Some car tyres can adapt their size according to the terrain. Flexible walls mean flats can be easily converted. But eyewear that automatically adjusts focus between near and distant objects? Sounds unlikely, but it’s exactly the product a startup from Japan has recently developed together with a design firm. Before first use, consumers adjust the diopter for both integrated...

Clean healing

A special bra can help detect early-stage breast cancer. When it comes to skin cancer, early detection is equally vital. In large parts of sub-Saharan Africa, however, treatment is either scarcely available or unaffordable. Which is why a 14-year-old schoolboy has developed a soap to help those affected access a potential cure. Alongside coconut oil, shea butter and honey,...

Classical composition

Neurodivergent teachers are taking centre stage; as are members of the homeless community. Diversity is an increasingly important theme in the creative sector. For evidence, look no further than this British charitable foundation, launched to promote equality in classical music. The founder, a double-bass player and teacher of African heritage, put together her own orchestra comprising Black and ethnically...

Nigh on target

The spicy compound in chillies can do wonders for our health. Now, a US research team is looking for a silver bullet when it comes to the Big C. They’re nearly there, with a new study taking in more than 70 cancer types. Key here is a specially developed molecule that targets a cancerous variant of PCNA, a protein...

Connecting position

Restaurants and travel destinations can be filtered according to holidaymakers’ mobility requirements. Some, meanwhile, look for places where they can meet like-minded people. Now, a new app is helping Black travellers connect with the African diaspora globally. And not just that. App users can create a profile with their current location and travel preferences, arrange to meet people or...

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