Tech That We’re Thankful For

For Thanksgiving, Not Impossible Now highlights the interviews we’ve had with amazing innovators.
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For Thanksgiving, Not Impossible Now highlights the interviews we’ve had with amazing innovators.

At Not Impossible Now, we’ve had the opportunity to speak to some extraordinary innovators the past four months. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we list the tech that we’re thankful for by looking back at the conservations that you may have missed.

Braille Printer Made of Legos

Last August, we had the pleasure of interviewing Shubham Banerjee, the 12-year-old hero behind the open-source Braille printer made from Legos. The device, called the Braigo, provides a low-cost way for the blind to print Braille. Check out our chat with charismatic innovator in the video below. Read the full story.

HugMatch Helps Visually Impaired Children

In September, we attended Maker Faire NYC where we got to meet Chloe Koo of HugMatch. Her company creates interactive toys that enable children with different sight capabilities to play together, side-by-side, improve their social skills and train their audio and tactile senses. Read the full story.

Photo credit: Elliot V. Kotek

Photo credit: Elliot V. Kotek

Innovator Makes a Difference With an Artistic Touch

In October, we launched our Women Innovators Series with Sophie de Oliveira Barata. The prosthetist works alongside amputees to create real, surreal and unreal appendages. She came up with the idea for The Alternative Limbs Project after working with a young girl who wanted images like pigs on bicycles eating ice cream on her artificial limb as she grew older.

“I could see from a rehabilitation point of view how important this was for her,” de Oliveira Barata said. “This enabled her to express a natural curiosity and playful attitude.” Read the full story.

Photo credit: Elliot V. Kotek

Photo credit: Elliot V. Kotek

Low-Cost Inflatable Incubator Could Save Premature Babies

Earlier this month, we interviewed James Roberts, the inventor of the MOM incubator, which is a low-cost inflatable incubator that could save premature babies’ lives in developing countries. Roberts recently won this year’s James Dyson Award for the idea and is currently trying to get the project off the ground. Interesting in helping? Visit the MOM incubator site for more information. Read the full story.

MOM incubator

Photo courtesy of Dyson and James Roberts

There’s a Tree of 40 Fruit in Syracuse

Finally, we visited art professor Sam Van Aken at Syracuse University to see his Tree of 40 Fruit. Originally created as an artwork, it’s blossomed into something else entirely: He’s inspired the government to reconsider the way we grow food. While a Tree of 40 Fruit could certainly produce a bounty, we’ll let you get back to your Thanksgiving dinner with your family and friends. Read the full story.

Tree of 40 Fruit

Photo credit: Danielle Elliot

Top photo credit: iStock/marekuliasz