disaster relief

"Wearables For Good" Challenges Designers To Help People in Need

Wearable technology can help you get more exercise, track your sleep, alert you to new text messages, but frankly those are all first world problems. How about using wearable technology…

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"First Few Days" Backpack Filters Water, Generates Power for Emergencies

When disaster strikes water sources are often contaminated and the electric grid is down, meaning no clean water and no power. To get by until relief arrives, victims need drinkable…

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Vibrating "Tactile Helmet" Helmet Helps Firefighters Navigate in the Dark

Photo by Shutterstock Firefighters and rescue workers have a lot working against them while battling blazes or searching through rubble. It’s hard to see and hear, plus their…

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Loomstate Launches Sandy Relief T-Shirts to Aid Recovery Efforts

Congressional delays be damned; Loomstate is putting together a Hurricane Sandy relief package of its own. The New York City-based fashion label has launched a trio of 100 percent…

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FEED's "Sandy Relief" Hoodie, Bag Will Feed 25 New Yorkers in Need

FEED Projects’ latest collection hits close to home. Made in New York City, where the social enterprise is based, the “FEED NYC for Sandy Relief” collection benefits…

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"Texting Jacket" Provides Emergency Responders With Critical Information

Clothes that “talk” to Facebook aren’t just fun and games. They could also provide first responders with critical, real-time information in times of emergency. With…

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Hurricane Sandy T-Shirts Plunge NYC Icons Into Dip-Dyed "Darkness"

Lend a hand to the Big Apple you know and love by purchasing one of Sebastian Errazuriz’s Hurricane Sandy relief T-shirts. Inspired by the water lines on the walls of the…

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People Tree Debuts Short Film to Document Life in Post-Disaster Japan

A year after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami caused the worst nuclear emergency since Chernobyl, People Tree’s Safia Minney remains unmoored by the disaster. Minney was on…

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Cornell Student Develops Clothing That Traps Toxic Gases, Odors

Say goodbye to the bulky, duckbilled respirators of yore. Gas masks of the future will be as thin as cloth, according to textile scientists at Cornell University. Senior apparel-design…

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"Emergency Bra" Doubles as a Gas Mask When Disaster Strikes

Double Ds that double as gas masks? It may sound like a joke, but Elena Bodnar’s “Emergency Bra” is no laughing matter, especially if you find yourself in a situation…

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Messenger Dog: A Canine-Equipped Messaging System for Disaster Relief

From search-and-rescue K9 units to keg-toting St. Bernards, man’s best friend tackles crises with the same selfless devotion usually reserved for canonized saints and fictional…

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