On the 13th November, the world will celebrate World Kindness Day – a day for people to practice the act of being kind to one another and make the world a better place. As tech enthusiasts, we wanted to look at how tech can play a part in bringing people together and spreading the message of being kind and helping each other.
Using virtual reality in charities
With VR technology developing and expanding outside of the B2C market, organisations such as charities have realised its potential for helping people.
Charities are now using VR to raise awareness, including Alzheimer’s Research UK, who have started to use virtual reality to show people what it can be like to live with dementia. It’s a lot easier to get people to support a cause when they have a clear understanding of the issues, which is where VR is helping to bridge the gap.
Charities like Dogs Trust also use VR when fundraising, to help give the public a better idea of what facilities their donations help to provide. This technique, again, helps to give the general public a better idea of how their money is spent and the benefit it brings to those the charity helps.
Drones that are helping in humanitarian aid
Drones have long been used by the military for tasks such as target decoys and research missions, however, with the commercialisation of drones, they are now being used for humanitarian aid, too.
This tech is being used for search and rescue, as well as delivering aid to war-torn countries and refugees, amongst other forms of aid. This has helped organisations to offer incredible amounts of support during natural disasters or war, giving them access to areas that would otherwise, be too difficult to access on foot.
Video chat and instant messaging helplines
Mental health organisations have also started offering video sessions and instant messaging, to offer extra support to those in urgent need of mental illness care. These services have become vital to those unable to get help from their GPs.
Using everyday technology like this has opened up mental health support to people who may have been otherwise reluctant or unable to get it. It also means that less people are forced to call emergency services, which may not be able to provide the level of care they need in that moment.
3D printed houses
Recently, 3D printing has been developed to be able to build huge structures such as houses and other buildings. This has started to be used for things like building shelters and affordable housing, for those either on the poverty line or with no home at all.
These 3D houses are printed in under 24 hours and meant as temporary accommodation to help people escape unsafe or poor living conditions. Currently, one home can be built for around $4000, making it an affordable way to provide much needed accommodation for those who need it.
With technology developing so quickly and with tech that was once used only by established organisations or government sectors becoming more commercial, the possibilities are endless. Why not see how you can use your tech to benefit someone close to you or your local community this World Kindness Day?