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'Virtual Doctors' Helping Patients in Zambia

Sean Coughlan | BBC | June 22, 2016

The idea of a "virtual doctor" project might sound rather futuristic. But the inspiration for this scheme to improve health services in Zambia began in very low-tech and unhappy circumstances. Huw Jones, working in Zambia as a safari guide, was driving a Land Rover along a road in a remote part of the country. He saw a trail of blood in the road, and his first reaction was that it might have come from an animal killed by a lion. But he came across a couple on a bike - the man riding and the woman carried on the handlebars. She was pregnant and bleeding heavily and they had been cycling for hours with the aim of reaching the nearest hospital, almost 60 miles away...

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How Helsinki Became The Most Successful Open-Data City In The World

Olli Sulopuisto | The Atlantic Cities | April 29, 2014

...Helsinki Region Infoshare publishes all of its data in formats that make it easy for software developers, researchers, journalists and others to analyze, combine or turn into web-based or mobile applications that citizens may find useful. In four years of operation, the project has produced more than 1,000 "machine-readable" data sources such as a map of traffic noise levels, real-time locations of snow plows, and a database of corporate taxes...

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New Smartphone App Promises Easy Eye Testing Worldwide

Tim Chester | Mashable | November 26, 2014

The team behind a smartphone-based portable eye examination kit have just launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for new innovation...

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One Medical Buys Virtual Nutritionist App Rise

Douglas MacMillan | The Wall Street Journal Digits | February 5, 2016

One Medical Group gives hundreds of thousands of patients quick access to primary care physicians. With its latest deal, it hopes to connect them with a network of virtual nutritionists. The healthcare company said it is acquiring Rise, a mobile app connecting smartphone users to licensed nutritionists for daily advice on meal planning and dieting. One Medical paid about $20 million to acquire the startup, people familiar with the matter said...

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STEMI: DIY open access spider robot that teaches kids 3D modeling, robotics and code

Kira | 3ders.org | October 26, 2015

STEMI is a hexapod robot that is controlled with a smartphone app and moves quite like a spider. More than just a robot, however, STEMI is intended to be a learning experience, teaching users aged 13 and up the basics of 3D modeling, electronics, Arduino programming and mobile app programming—the kinds of skills they’ll require to shape our future. In the future, 3D printable custom covers will also be made available for those wanting to learn 3D printing technology. Though it is primarily intended for children, there’s no reason adult tinkerers can’t learn a little something, or just have fun with it, too.

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