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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Outdoors

Cannondale’s Treadwell app features bring a new joy to casual biking

The Cannondale Treadwell is a bike designed with beginners in mind, using an app-connected technology to help them not only navigate their rides more fully, but also send helpful reminders of maintenance and other needs.
Social Media

Twitter co-founder Ev Williams still wants to save the world

Social media is evil, leading to a mental health crisis in Gen Z and a rise in hate speech. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel, says Ev Williams, the co-founder of Twitter. But weaning ourselves off today's social media won't be…
Gaming

Ubisoft is making strides towards more accessible games

Ubisoft's accessibility project manager David Tisserand shared details on a new accessibility initiative during Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Here's what's to come in the future from the company.
Emerging Tech

UV-activated superglue could literally help to heal broken hearts

Scientists at China's Zhejiang University have developed a UV-activated adhesive glue that is capable of efficiently healing damage to organs, including the heart. Here's how it works.
Smart Home

Cleanyst imagines a new mix-at-home paradigm for cleaning products

Cleanyst is a home-mixing system that combines pre-manufactured pouches with your at-home water to create all kinds of cleaning products via an eco-friendly home device that eventually pays for itself.
Cars

Hyundai wants to make sure you’re seeing the outside world, not inhaling it

Hyundai is developing an intelligent air purification system for its cars that continuously monitors the quality of the air inside the cabin, and cleans it when it detects the presence of harmful particulates.
Emerging Tech

Google wants to map the world's air quality. Here's how.

For the past several years, a growing number of Google’s Street View cars have been doing more than just taking photos. They’ve also been measuring air quality. Here's why that's so important.
Cars

All-electric Birò 02 concept car made from 80% recycled plastics

Design studio Mandalaki introduced the Birò O2, an 80% recycled plastics version of Estrima's Birò 4-wheel, all-electric city car. The Birò two-seater parks in scooter spaces. Estrima and Mandalaki plan sell the Birò O2 starting in…
Emerging Tech

Chicago’s trash-eating river robot is a glimpse into the future of crowdsourcing

From controlling a trash-picking robot on the Chicago River to discovering new planets, our hyper-connected world is giving the public a host of new tools to help solve some giant problems.
Emerging Tech

Changing some code on YouTube could help lower its carbon footprint

The idea of saving the planet by changing a bit of code on YouTube sounds crazy. But it could actually make a surprising amount of difference to the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. Here's how.
Cars

An electric highway is now powering delivery trucks in Germany

Heavy-duty trucks powered by electricity from overhead lines are now motoring along a highway in Germany. The system has already been tested in several countries, but the latest setup covers the longest stretch of road to date.
Gaming

Microsoft could make gaming more accessible with this Xbox controller patent

Microsoft continues to invest in the experiences of differently abled players. This particular patent details an Xbox controller equipped with a Braille display and haptic paddles that can be rearranged.
Emerging Tech

Forget ice — this cooler harnesses the power of the sun to chill your food

It sounds a bit crazy, but a new off-grid cooler called GoSun Chill uses the sun to keep your drinks and food cold. The hotter the day, the better. Here's how you can get your hands on one.
Cars

Amsterdam takes first step toward banning all gas and diesel vehicles

Amsterdam has become the latest city to announce plans to ban gas and diesel vehicles from its streets. The pollution-busting effort will begin next year, with a ban on all fossil fuel vehicles targeted for 2030.
Mobile

Nimble debuts same-day delivery for its eco-gadgets in certain U.S. markets

There are plenty of companies selling battery packs and wireless chargers through retailers like Amazon, but hardly any of them use sustainable or low-impact materials. That's where Nimble comes in with its eco-friendly products.
Emerging Tech

Drone delivers lifesaving kidney for transplant patient in world first

A medical facility in Maryland has become the first to use a drone to deliver a kidney for transplant into a patient. The specially built drone is capable of maintaining and monitoring a viable human organ during flight.
Smart Home

Think inside the box with these tricked-out shipping container homes

Believe it or not, but sustainability can be sexy. These 30 shipping container homes mesh recycled steel with a wealth of different materials, culminating in a set of spectacular homes that showcase modern design at its finest.
Smart Home

The world is switching to eco-friendlier fridges and A/Cs, leaving the U.S. behind

If you live in the U.S., there’s a good chance that your refrigerator uses HFC refrigerants, which emit a lot of greenhouse gases. Hydrocarbon alternatives exist, but what will it take to make the switch?