The Red Cross develops new technologies to help vulnerable people

An affective avatar 5G, an application that adapts telecare to deafblind people, augmented reality for hospitalized children or a "raccoon" (meeting space between people who come together to map an area where traditional maps do not arrive) are some of the technologies Humanitarian developed by the Red Cross.

The deputy director of communication and digital content of the Red Cross, Iván Fanego, presented this Wednesday at a press conference the technological developments that aim to "help the most vulnerable people" and that the humanitarian organization planned to make known at the World Congress of Mobile, which was canceled because of the coronavirus COVID-19.

The Red Cross volunteer team member Arturo Sáez has presented a new application that offers the opportunity to "adapt the volunteer to the availability and profile of the volunteer", designed for specific volunteers.

To help people maintain the emotional bond with their loved ones, "especially with their grandchildren," the Foundation of Social Technologies (Tecsos) has developed the Affective Avatar, an application that allows older people to interact with their families or caregivers Through photos and video.

The application, designed for tablets and for which the pilot test has not yet been done, serves to remind the elderly person to take the medication or who has an appointment with the doctor through the virtual recreation of the image of the grandson or granddaughter and also helps improve cognitive stimulation through questions.

In addition to the Avatar, the head of projects of the Tecsos Foundation, Michel Rodríguez, has presented Entamar, an augmented reality project to help hospitalized children of long duration to "become the hospital more their own", through which children can add objects in two or three dimensions in your room, which also stimulates your creativity and imagination.

The application, of which the pilot tests have already been done, also serves to help volunteers organize and customize games throughout the hospital: "The hospital can become a giant trivial, a cluedo or an 'escape room' "added Rodriguez.

The Tecsos project manager has also presented the latest update of the telecare application, adapted to be able to connect with a device that translates messages in Braille and thus makes the application accessible to deafblind people.

Another of the initiatives, presented by the director of communication of the Tecsos Foundation, Tito García, is Missing Maps, an international project to map areas of the world that do not appear in the map applications and which aims to facilitate the arrival of help humanitarian

Red Cross participates in this project through the "raccoon", events open to everyone in which different people, through satellite images, collaborate to map areas of the world that are not registered: from any place in the world you can make a general map from the area, with rivers, roads, forests, etc., and then the volunteers on the ground add streets and buildings.

Finally, the technical director of uHandle, Jordi Marsà, has presented a prototype that he designed together with a group of engineers from the Polytechnic University of Terrassa to help people with mobility problems in the hands -especially, designed for leprosy patients- , winner of the fourth edition of the Red Cross Humanitarian Technology Awards.


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