Technologies That Make a Difference

We, at Samsung, follow a simple management mission: To contribute to the development of humanity by creating the best products and services with the most talented people and advanced technologies.

And it is our hope to share the benefits of our innovations with as many people as possible around the globe, and as part of such initiative we operate a research center dedicated to improving device accessibility and functionality to address the needs of people with disabilities.

Today, we took a look at what others were doing to improve technologies that could enhance the lives of humanity.

 

Smartphone as Life-Saving Medical Device

9832144A small sensor plugged into a smartphone could work as a medical device that saves the lives of pregnant women and their babies, as well as people suffering from pneumonia and other critical conditions, according to a recent article in The Vancouver Sun.

The Phone Oximeter – developed by scientists from the University of British Columbia – uses a light sensor attached to the fingertip to measure blood oxygen levels and deliver the data to a smartphone, tablet or laptop with easy-to-read numbers and symbols on the screen. The technology, which also measures heart and respiration rate, can be extended to other monitoring devices such as a blood pressure cuff.

“I really want to make products that people – even in the most remote areas of the world – will be able to buy,” said Mark Ansermino, director of research for pediatric anesthesia at B.C. Children’s Hospital and associate professor in UBC’s department of anesthesia. Ansermino developed the Phone Oximeter with Guy Dumont, UBC professor of electrical and computer engineering.

“It’s really about the democratization of health care: how can we allow everybody to have the same level of health care and have technology enable that,” he said.

 

Using Mobile Technology to Help Children in Africa Learn

Named among the ten African tech startups that drive valuable innovations by TechRepublic, Sterio.me is focused on education in Africa, where there is a high student-to-teacher ratio and very low literacy rates.

The service uses SMS messages that give students access to material and lessons they can listen to outside the classroom. The lessons are pre-recorded by the teachers and sent as a free voice call when triggered by a specific SMS code. Teachers can be immediately notified of which students finished the lessons and how they performed.

Sterio.me was also named one of the “Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Africa” this year by Fast Company.

 

Custom Cars for Disabled Children

carFrustrated by inaccessible and expensive wheelchairs, Cole Galloway – a professor in the physical therapy department at the University of Delaware – turned to the toy store to seek for solutions for kid with mobility problems.  

Galloway now runs a program that creates modifications of existing toy vehicles that put young kids with disabilities in motion, helping them play with their friends and gain mobility, according to a report by NBC News. He is also sharing how-to videos on his website so that anyone can make the necessary modifications.

For the children, cars are simply more than play, but also serve as a tool for therapy that may someday help move on their own feet. 

 

 

(Photos are from the above mentioned sites.)