Huggable diagnostic teddy on ‘tech for good’ list (Wired UK)


Teddy the Guardian, a diagnostic huggable teddy bear, was one of the projects included on the list


A huggable diagnostic teddy bear, a light that runs on
gravity and a low-cost 3D-printed house were among those included
on the annual Nominet Trust list of tech companies working on
projects for the good of humanity.

Now in its second year the Nominet
Trust 100
aims to celebrate companies and organisations using
technology to tackle issues ranging from human rights to climate
change and health. The initiative forms part of Nominet’s work as
one of the UK’s biggest investors in social technology. A panel of
judges from companies and organisations including Google, Wayra,
the FT and Stanford University decided on the final list.

UK companies were well represented with 25 making the
100-strong list. Ideas big and small were included with Google’s
self-driving car being joined by lesser-known firms. Highlights
included Build A Hand, a company working on a 3D printing system to produce cheap
prosthetics and MAMA, a system to deliver health information to expectant mothers via
basic mobile phones.

Nominet said that 56 of this year’s projects were at
the ‘growth’ stage with many companies already seeing significant
investment. The list also comprises companies that have been
attracting the attention of some of tech’s biggest names. Lift
Lab’s Liftware device, a spoon that tremors to counter the effects
of Parkinson’s when eating, was acquired by Google in September.

Other UK companies on the list included Casserole
Club, an online community which helps people share spare
home-cooked meals with others in the community and SkinAnalytics, a
system that enables people to self-monitor moles for melanomas.

“Many of these projects are beginning to scale
up, or have the potential to do so in the near future. Given the
right support, they will reach a point where their global social
impact can match their ambition,” said Simon Devonshire, director
of Wayra Europe.

Visit the Social
Tech website
for more details of all of the companies on the
list.

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5 December 2014 | 5:26 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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