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Left: SoaPen, a wearable soap that helps limit the spread of infectious viruses by encouraging hand washing for children. Right: KhushiBaby, a necklace that stores electronic health data to track child immunization.

Many tech companies are putting people before profits with wearable tech for good projects. Because wearables can be so specific and so powerful, the potential for non-consumer innovation is astounding.

One high profile initiative is UNICEF’s Wearables for Good challenge which recently awarded $15,000 prizes plus incubation and mentoring to two projects: the medical record storing necklace Khushi Baby and a wearable soap crayon SoaPen. The challenge was co-created by UNICEF and ARM with frog becoming involved later to help the teams focus on design context.

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