Really interesting article of about Facebook helping UN to provide Refugees free internet access to contact family and friends and access information of local resources and services available.
Yes it was held 2 years ago but the essence of this conference further highlights the opportunities of using smart phones in a humanitarian crisis. NOMAD, the company said:
"These new features will add to an already impressive array of functions smartphone-based data collection tools are allowing aid workers to perform in the field. These include: the ability to snap pictures, record GPS coordinates and other spatial data for maps and graphics, scan bar codes for keeping track of inventories, input survey responses gathered in remote field locations and transmit all this data to secure servers and command centers instantaneously. The less time it takes to collect, upload and analyse data, the quicker humanitarian agencies can understand and respond to the needs of poor communities or populations devastated by natural disasters or violent conflict."
NOMAD used the event to mainly focus on using technology to improve efficiencies of cataloguing, monitoring and the distribution of aid. A really interesting read: http://www.elrha.org/hif-blog/smartening-nomad-2013-paris-workshop/
Another great quote from NOMAD, "The advantages of using mobile tools for data collection in humanitarian and development setting is increasingly harder to disregard."
For more information about NOMAD visit their website at: http://humanitarian-nomad.org
I will be contacting them to try and arrange a meeting.
In dangerous places around the world, where soldiers or police officers may be committing human rights abuses, a mobile phone has become a key weapon. In the hands of campaigners and victims of abuse, it can provide valuable video evidence of crimes.
These guys are pretty cheesy but I really like their concept of a shoe grows with the child and last 5 years. They must be doing well if they have already distributed 5000.
A pop up power station which filled with helium and raised high into the sky. The device has a wind turbine attached to create energy and it can also be used to increase cellular and 3G reception to mobile phones on the ground.
The Nokē U-Lock is a fantastic idea which combines security and the smart phone. I love the simplicity of it, I really like that it can be tracked and also that it has an alarm system installed. Very impressive stuff! Watch the video below. I want one!
As I started task 2 of Project 2 I really wanted to make sure I understood the requirements of the brief as I could hit the ground running. I will continue to adding general posts which I find interesting and I will also document my progression throughout my task 2 report and 5 concepts.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! This just made my day!!!! You have got to watch the video below!
Wow the attached video is from a company called ioSafe. They specialise in 'Disaster Proof Hardware". Very impressive video showing a hard drive which can with-stand fire and water. Not too bad for £200 really. If you do find yourself in the unfortunate predicament of having a completely burnt or water damaged hard drive ioSafe will pick up your hard drive, retrieve the data, upload it onto another device and send it back for free.
Check the video:
As documented in my previous posts the focus of my study has evolved substantially since I started this blog. This has a been a great learning experience for me. This blog has given me time to push and develop my ideas into new areas. For myself as a designer my natural tendency is to get on with designing the final product straight away. The exploratory work I have undertaken via this blog has given me the the time to really get my teeth into this subject area and push myself into areas I would not have initially considered. My focus now seems set to continue exploring APPS for HUMANITY.
Over the next following days I will show my final thoughts and ideas going forward. These idea will continue to inform my 5 final ideas which will go into my Project 2 report. Here are my initial sketches mapping out my ideas.
I think I just found the most amazing smartphone accessory to use in an humanitarian situation. Its waterproof and can be charged by winding the handle on the back.What the?....Job done! I'm glad I moved onto apps! The Crank Case ad below is quite cheesy so prepare yourself! You can contribute to the production of the product via crowdfunding, what an amazing idea: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ampware-keep-your-iphone-charged-forever.
Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five 5 times faster than typing on the keyboard.
Ive used this app quite abit before but it could be an amazing tool for someone who is completely deaf. This is relying on both parties being competent at reading and writing. Many people who are deaf from birth can often have poor literacy skills (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26240043). Still this tool could be very helpful, with SCOPE estimating 10 million in the UK suffering with hearing impairment (1 in 6). https://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/diagnosis/hearing-impairment.