UNICEF taps tech gadgets to save lives

UNICEF is best known for its children's aid efforts, but it turns out that the U.N. agency has an small arsenal of surprisingly innovative gadgets that it uses to improve the lives of underprivileged kids and families worldwide.

The decidedly low-tech gadgets aren't flashy, and serve mainly as educational and health tools. More importantly, they aren't expensive to make and can be easily put together with low-cost components. UNICEF is also discovering ways to use a variety of gadgets for data collection, which helps the organization quickly respond to the needs of a community.

Some gadgets were on display at an event held by UNICEF, chip designer ARM and the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City last week. Here are a few that stood out.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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