Photos: Crowdfunded tech projects that are changing the world

Project Daniel

This started with Project Daniel. A young Sudanese boy lost his arms in a bombing in his community. Mick Ebeling heard about the boy and created a 3D printer that works with a laptop to 3D print the boy a hand, and Daniel could successfully use it soon after. Not Impossible now prints prosthetics like these for other amputees, and the company uses a perpetual crowdfunding site to help with healthcare issues that seemed impossible to tackle before. It only costs $100 to print a limb. By teaching the community how to use the 3D printer, they can learn how to do it themselves.

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Image: Not Impossible Labs


Lyndsey Gilpin is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers sustainability, tech leadership, 3D printing, and social entrepreneurship. She's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks.


Soylent?  I assume they never saw the old SciFi Movie Soylent Green.  "Soylent Green is [recycled] people!"

Phil Haney
Phil Haney

Sounds like a great idea. But would you please decide how to spell it? In two places it is spelled "soylent" (including the image), and in two other places it is spelled "solyent." Thanks.