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Organized fun

We learn best through play. With IT knowledge becoming ever more important, an American software developer has devised a workbook to help children of six and over learn the basics of coding. The entertainment factor is high, while screen time remains low. The aim is to develop children’s understanding of code and its structure, so that they can predict...

Superior self-check

Increasingly, modern technology allows us to take control of our health. This platform for menopausal women is a good example. Now, a 36-year-old woman from Tennessee has developed an app, which helps detect early-stage breast cancer. The American fell ill with cancer herself and knows the importance of regular self-examination. The app contains precise instructions for scanning breasts and...

Precisely mastered

We know that games are an effective way to learn. Now a Danish-American creative studio is using the entertainment factor to help people learn the sign language alphabet. Their interactive PC app communicates with learners via webcam. The system’s algorithm was trained on images and can recognise the correct hand positions. The app gives users a series of words...

Helping hand

These days, translation programmes and apps help people from different countries to communicate with one another. There’s even an app that reads lips. Now, thanks to a London-based startup, technical support is available for those using sign language. The company’s brainchild: a glove which can recognize over 100 types of sign language using integrated sensors. Signs are sent to...

Green equity

There are over 3 billion trees in the world. That makes roughly 422 per person. An American not-for-profit organisation has taken it upon itself to ensure that everyone can enjoy the advantages trees bring to communities. They analyzed 150,000 neighbourhoods and 486 municipalities, correlating tree population with various social and demographic data, to give a ‘Tree Equity Score’. The...

Visionary view

Tinted car windows provide privacy for those inside. Still, being able to recognise someone in the dark can help save lives. Infrared technology plays its part here. Light particles meet semi-conductors and are converted into electrons with the help of which images are created. Current night-vision devices are bulky since they contain various bits of technology, and need cryogenic...

Original presentation

For many things, people only want original designs. Think perfume or car parts. Or fashion. Cue a charitable organisation dedicated to the preservation of Australia's indigenous culture. With its fashion school the organisation supports people of the First Nations. As part of Australian Fashion Week its members put together a unique performance featuring the best of First Nations talent....

Natural upgrade

Flowers and herbs can be used in many ways. Some are edible, others help to heal. An IT specialist from Pune, India, realized the potential of dried leaves. The ones from the backyard of her apartment were burned, as is often done in India. But leaves are biodegradable. Through chat groups, she found someone who composted the leaves to...

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