Tech for Change

Tech for Change

From 3D-printed prostheses to burgers grown in science labs to smarter mobility for the elderly or infirm, tech improves our lives every day in a million ways beyond simply making things more convenient. Tech can have a meaningful impact — that’s why we call it Tech for Change. Here are the companies and people fighting to make a difference.

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Emerging Tech

Artificial tree promises to suck up as much air pollution as a small forest

Startup Biomitech has developed an artificial tree that it claims is capable of sucking up as much air pollution as 368 real trees. It could be a game-changer for cities with limited free space.

Buy less, give more: Amazon will donate products you don’t buy to charity

Amazon will now donate unsold and returned products to charities with a new initiative the company is calling Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Donations. Sellers can use the FBA program to donate eligible products starting in September.

The Biotica800 air purifier uses probiotics to clean the air in your home

The BetterAir Biotica800 air purifier disperses probiotics through the air to neutralize harmful bacteria and trap allergens. It aims to be a completely natural solution to home and office air purification.
Emerging Tech

Biologists create an ‘eyeball on a chip’ that actually blinks

Researchers at Penn Engineering have developed a human eye replica that’s capable of blinking. Here's why -- and, no, it isn't because they're building a Terminator-style robot.

Comcast rolls out ultra-cheap internet to millions of low-income Americans

Comcast has offered its Internet Essentials low-cost internet access program since 2012. However, Monday's expansion of the program qualifies almost any low-income customer for low-cost service.
Smart Home

Amazon’s Alexa can help you donate school supplies to a child in need

Feeling generous? Amazon has just launched a $25 back-to-school charity initiative where you can ask Alexa to donate a backpack full of school supplies to a student in need. You'll even get a "thanks" from a basketball legend.

Google to use recycled materials in all Made by Google products by 2022

Google has announced that it will use recycled materials in all Made by Google products by 2022. In fact, the company has already started using recycled products in some of its products.

Who better to review a game for accessibility than a disabled gamer?

Game review site Can I Play That tackles the important job of examining how accessible a video game is. We sat down with Co-founder Courtney Craven to discuss the site's mission statement and what its doing to make sure accessibility…

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid gets a solar roof to help recharge its battery pack

The latest Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will get a solar roof that helps recharge its battery pack. While the new Sonata Hybrid will be sold in the U.S., Hyundai hasn't discussed plans to offer the solar roof here.

eSight Electronic Glasses powered by Qualcomm Technologies

We have been trying to improve our eyesight for centuries, but it wasn’t until the age of wearable devices that we could bring the power of a digital camera to our glasses. eSight Electronic Glasses can go a step further than ordinary…

This magic box stops hackers, advertisers, ISPs, and everyone else spying on you

The Winston Privacy Filter is an unobtrusive little box that you plug your router into, and it promises to protect your online activities from hackers, advertisers, Internet Service Providers, and everyone else looking to snoop on you.

Colorado will adopt California’s zero-emission vehicle mandate to boost EV sales

Colorado will implement California's zero-emission vehicle mandate, which requires automakers to sell certain amounts of electric cars, plug-in hybrids, or hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, for the 2023 model year.

Japanese researchers are teaching tires how to generate electricity

Japanese tire company Sumitomo teamed up with researchers at Kansai University to develop an experimental tire that generates electricity. It uses an Energy Harvester to convert friction into a small amount of electricity.

Tokyo unveils its 2020 Olympic medals made entirely from recycled electronics

The organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially unveiled its Olympic medal designs this week. While they might look like any other medal, these will be made by something a little different: Recycled electronics.
Smart Home

Google Nest gives 100,000 Home Minis to people living with paralysis

Google Nest is giving away 100,000 Home Minis to people living with paralysis. The company announced a partnership with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to provide devices to help paralyzed individuals gain additional independence.

About a third of U.S. households lack broadband internet. 5G may change that

A new report has revealed that almost a third of U.S. households don't have access to broadband internet, considered to be a minimum of 25Mbps or greater. But 5G could help bring broadband to underserved communities.

HomeStay Intelligent Home platform gives aging loved ones independence, security

The Australian company HomeStay's Intelligent Home smart home platform provides remote monitoring for senior citizens and allows them to continue living on their own while providing peace of mind to their family.
Emerging Tech

Clever new haptic vest could let rescue dogs take commands from miles away

Researchers in Israel have developed a haptic vest especially for dogs. It allows owners to communicate instructions to their pooch through specific vibration patterns. Here's how it works.