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

Genetically modified plants could help get to the root of climate change

Researchers have been investigating ways to engineer plants so that they grow with more robust and deeper roots, capable of storing increasing amounts of carbon underground for longer.
Gaming

Player-made mod brings an Easy Mode to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

The FromSoftware developers skipped on improving the accessibility of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, but someone has created Sekiro The Easy, a mod that changes player abilities, enemy stats, and more to make it a bit easier to complete.
Emerging Tech

Stay up to date on Tropical Storm Barry's path with these apps and websites

Looking to track Tropical Storm Barry as it makes landfall and heads into the southeastern U.S.? We've assembled a list of the best hurricane tracking apps and websites to stay ahead of the storm, and out of harm's way.
Mobile

Samsung, T-Mobile to recycle an old phone for every S10e sold in the Netherlands

A Dutch company called Closing the Loop has persuaded Samsung and T-Mobile to trial an offsetting scheme whereby new phone purchases are offset by the recycling of old scrap phones that would otherwise end up in landfill.
Cars

Toyota covers a Prius in solar cells to boost its range by 27 miles

Toyota is still exploring how to use solar cells to partially power its Prius. A partnership with Sharp has yielded some interesting results, with the automaker about to start testing a car with highly efficient solar panels.
Emerging Tech

This robot arm for a wheelchair does everything from open doors to apply makeup

Canadian tech company Kinova Robotics's robot arm wheelchair attachment can be used for carrying out a wide range of everyday tasks that a lot of would take for granted. Check it out.
Gaming

How gender questioning and transgender gamers found a safe space in VR

Virtual reality has allowed players to escape their stressful days and dive into new worlds. But transgender and gender-questioning individuals are using it to escape their bodies.
Gaming

What does a truly accessible game look like? We asked the pros

Given how much the gaming community has been talking about the pros and cons of added accessibility options in titles, Digital Trends took the question to the players who rely on these customizations.
Emerging Tech

This artificial muscle is powered just like the real thing, no battery required

Researchers developed an artificial muscle that is powered by glucose and oxygen, just like real biological muscles. That means no batteries are needed. Here's how it could be used.
Gaming

Gaming convention GuardianCon raises a whopping $3.7 million for charity

Destiny developer Bungie joined this year's GuardianCon Charity Marathon Stream, breaking the record by raising $400,000 in just four hours. The proceeds of the week-long event will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Emerging Tech

A cardiac arrest-detecting smart speaker could save your life

Smart speakers are great for everything from playing music to operate our smart homes. But could they soon also help save lives as well? A new project suggests the answer is a resounding yes.
Smart Home

We tested anti-snoring devices on our loudest friends. Here’s what worked

If your partner snores and it keeps you up at night, you may be interested in the latest anti-snoring technology. We tested out a few different gadgets to find out what they do and whether they work or not.
Home Theater

Comcast lets people with physical disabilities control a TV with just a glance

Comcast is now making it a little easier for people with physical disabilities to watch TV by giving them a way to connect their existing assistive devices like eye-glance systems with their Comcast cable boxes.
Emerging Tech

Mount Everest is now home to the world’s highest weather station

A team of scientists has created a new record with the installation of the world’s highest weather station atop Everest. Data from the expedition will help researchers better understand the effect of climate change on the region.
Health & Fitness

Stop waking up groggy every morning. Snooze smarter with the best sleep gadgets

Do you snore? Toss and turn? Alternate between extremely hot and extremely cold body temperatures at night? A deluge of smart sleep technology on the market aims to help you get a better night of shut-eye.
Emerging Tech

A giant new solar farm in Texas will harness the sun’s rays to … brew beer?

Brewing beer is surprisingly energy intensive. With a giant new solar farm in Texas, the world’s largest beer manufacturer promises to brew 100% of its beverages using renewable energy.
Social Media

With its latest tool, Facebook is out for blood (donations, that is)

Facebook users in the U.S. will soon start seeing notifications when area blood centers are in need of donations. The newly expanded Facebook Blood Donation tool mixes alerts with details on where to donate, along with how to invite…
Mobile

Mastercard’s Digital Wellness program uses A.I. to make online paying safer

MasterCard announced its Digital Wellness program with the goal of using artificial intelligence to make paying for things online a little easier. The new system makes use of "billions" of data points to authenticate users.