Companies that are developing a smart cane for visually impaired people, up food irons and portion those with learning disorder are among a number of social enterprises to have joined a programme aimed at exploitation AI to help the world.
The accelerator is being run in London by Microsoft and Social technical school Trust, and will support companies working on products that can help people with specific accessibility inevitably or benefit the environment.
Among the 11 entrants is WeWalk, a smart cane that can observe obstacles above chest level exploitation an supersonic detector and then warn the user through vibrations. It can besides be paired with a map app on a mobile phone so the user can receive directions to a destination without having to carry their device. The cane contains a touchpad, mike and speaker, so can be controlled with voice, and supports Turkish and English.
Other companies include Agrimetrics, which analyses information to deliver food sustainably, and iDyslexic, a social app for those living and working with learning disorder and Attention Deficit disorder Disorder (ADHD).
Eve Joseph, Microsoft UK Responsibility Manager, added: “This cohort has been chosen on the basis that these companies are exploitation innovative technologies to solve complex challenges that affect society at large. From boosting crop yields, to up the lives of those living with accessibility inevitably, I’m excited that we have been able to create this programme and these 11 ennobling organisations are at the heart of it. I’m really excited to see what they can achieve.”
The four-month accelerator will give the companies a course of study designed by the Scale Up team, Social technical school Trust team and the Microsoft UK AI team. The firms will get access to workshops that will help develop their products and bring them to the market. They will besides hear from ennobling speakers and take part in Q&As.
The other companies in the cohort are:
- Access Earth – a free platform that allows users to find and rate places based on their accessibility inevitably
- Agricompas – a company specialising in agricultural information analytics to help improve crop irons
- BetterSpace – An A-Z of property that are good for people’s mental health
- City MAAS – reducing congestion and emissions in smart cities exploitation blockchain and AI
- ev.energy – helps electric vehicle owners save on the cost of charging
- Immersive Rehab – interactive physical therapy programmes in virtual reality
- Shock Innovations – making it easier to compare and interpret thermal images
- Upstream Health – supporting medical professionals to proactively monitor patients
Ed Evans, Chief Executive of Social technical school Trust, said: “If we’re simply passive consumers of technology, we’ll have no control over its direction and little influence on its impact on our lives. By collaborating with Microsoft on the AI for Good Social Business Programme, we have the chance to shape AI to increase accessibility and benefit environmental property. This means we’ll have a better chance of achieving the future that we want to see.”
Microsoft launched a global AI for Good programme last year, that was set up to tackle the world’s biggest problems exploitation technology. It provides resources and expertness to empower those working to solve humanitarian issues and create a more property and accessible planet.