Assistive Technology

Toyota Mobility Foundation launches $4 million challenge to expand mobility for people with lower-limb paralysis

Americas, Assistive Technology, November 16 2017

Woman in wheelchair on subway platform

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA:  The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has launched a $4 million dollar global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating in the unveiling of the winners in Tokyo in 2020. The Mobility Unlimited Challenge is seeking teams around… Continue Reading »

MTN Foundation supports University of Ghana students with disabilities

Africa, Assistive Technology, November 10 2017

ACCRA: The MTN Ghana Foundation has supported the Assistive Technology Unit of the University of Ghana with modern equipment to create opportunity for students with disabilities. The donation, worth GH¢ 217,000, would help promote the independence of the over 2,000 students with disabilities and also address their quest for special… Continue Reading »

Household Technology Can Aid the Learning of Children with ADHD

Americas, Assistive Technology, October 18 2017

Around 5% of people worldwide have ADHD, although there may be many more undiagnosed individuals. As a result, many children struggle with increased stress and anxiety, which limits their academic performance. Technology such as smartwatches and apps can improve organizational skills of youngsters, but what other technology is available to help? Here… Continue Reading »

Dubai to host ‘AccessAbilities’ Expo in November

Assistive Technology, Middle East, October 10 2017

Wheelchair

Come November, Dubai will host the Middle East’s largest expo to showcase the world’s latest and smart assistive technology products and devices for persons with disabilities. To be held from November 7-9 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), the expo is being held under the patronage of… Continue Reading »

New technology uses mouth gestures to interact in virtual reality

Americas, Assistive Technology, October 6 2017

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BINGHAMTON, NY: Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have developed a new technology that allows users to interact in a virtual reality environment using only mouth gestures. The proliferation of affordable virtual reality head-mounted displays provides users with realistic immersive visual experiences. However, head-mounted displays occlude the… Continue Reading »

Project creates cardboard adaptations for kids with disabilities

Americas, Assistive Technology, September 26 2017

Mark Ovington, 5, tests out the chair designed for him through Adaptive Design Greater Philadelphia as his mother, Andrea Krajci, watches. Kim Singleton of Temple’s Institute on Disabilities later put finishing touches on the chair. (Photo: Ryan S. Brandenberg)

For 5-year-old Mark Ovington and his mom, Andrea Krajci, some of the simplest things in life can be a struggle. Mark, who has cerebral palsy, loves video games, but he doesn’t have the mobility to hold up a controller with both hands. Sitting with his family at the dinner table… Continue Reading »

44th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, September 25 2017

wheelchair user

TOKYO, JAPAN: The 44th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition 2017 will be held on September 27-29 at Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0063, Japan. Home Care Rehabilitation (HCR) is the largest International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Asia, which brings together home care and rehabilitation equipment… Continue Reading »

Disability and engineering communities pair up for assistive technology hackathon

Americas, Assistive Technology, September 25 2017

engineers and designers worked with people with disabilities to create functional prototypes wheelchair

CALGARY, ALBERTA:  TOM: Alberta, a subsidiary of Kadima Dynamics, just concluded their third annual makeathon event. Local engineers and designers worked with people living with disabilities to create open-source solutions for everyday challenges. 15 multidisciplinary teams from Calgary worked together for a continuous 72 hours from August 24-27 to produce… Continue Reading »

Google Glass app helps children with disabilities with social interactions

Americas, Assistive Technology, September 16 2017

Google Glass

A prototype Google Glass app can recognize conversational prompts and provide the user with suitable responses in return. A new study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI finds that the wearable technology can recognize conversational prompts and provide the user with suitable responses in return. Moreover,… Continue Reading »

Students develop ‘smart eye’ for people with vision disabilities

Assistive Technology, Middle East, September 8 2017

Group photo of UAEU students

UAE: A pocket-sized smart reading device created by innovative United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) students is aiming to give people with vision disabilities the technology that will allow them to read whatever they want, whenever they want, and wherever they are. Braille Eye – a startup currently being incubated at… Continue Reading »


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