Tech for good at CES 2013

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is a great way to see what’s coming up in the next year or two for technology trends – especially for not-for-profits relying on technology.

Giant laptop at CES 2013Along with the slew of TVs, Windows 8 ultrabooks and tablets, there were also a number of products that we thought could be really handy for not-for-profits to be aware of. Whether it’s helping communities in rural areas, providing educational resources or even responding to disasters, these upcoming tech innovations are worth checking out.

OLPC XO Tablet

One Laptop Per Child’s mission is to provide educational opportunities to children around the world by developing rugged, low power, low cost machines. There have been used in a number of countries, including Australia in remote Indigenous communities (PDF).

Over the years, they’ve released different versions of their computer, and this year they previewed two new models – the XO-4 that builds on their past models and a new tablet.

3D printers

The future of 3D printing is looking good with a multitude of applications. For example, scientists have developed 3D bio-printers to print skin and even cartilage that can be used to replace human cartilage.

Consumer-level 3D printers have been cropping up in Australian libraries, schools and universities.

The latest printers at CES show off some nice new features such as faster print times, two colour printing and finer resolutions


A number of products to support education was also at this year’s CES. Everything from the latest edition of Lego Mindstorm to language learning apps for the iPad were present. One interesting announcement was from the founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell, announced a project to make education more ‘addictive’ by adding gaming dynamics to learning.

He likens his new company, BrainRush as a blend between Wikipedia and Zynga (creators of popular Facebook games such as Farmville and Castleville).

Disaster response

Also showcased were a number of products that could be used outdoors and also for response to disaster areas such as a number of solar devices including a compact lantern that can also act a distress signal, a solar powered generator and various smaller solar chargers.

What did we miss?

Did you see something from the CES 2013 reports that could be used for helping others? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Image via David Berkowitz