In Brief

The Wearables For Good Challenge hopes to open the floodgates for cost-effective, low-power, durable and scalable wearable tech

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is keen on starting a revolution in the wearable tech field to help children and women. In a competition called Wearables for Good, UNICEF together with ARM and frog will gather submissions from individuals or teams that want to leverage the the tech category for improving lives of those in need.

The international organizations wants wearables to be a dark horse and to replicate what mobile phones did to many communities in recent years. Mobile phones provided a low-cost, highly-available way of reaching out. For example, mobile phones created India’s “Baby’s Gurgle” which uses voice messaging to relay information to mothers during their different periods of pregnancy. Similar projects has since been adapted in other Asian communities.

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