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Assistive Technology

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 »

Accessibility Innovation Showcase Coming to Toronto

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 28 2017


The Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science is hosting an Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS) in Toronto, from September 25-26, 2017. Now in its third year, the showcase provides an opportunity for Ontario-based companies and entrepreneurs to profile innovations and advances in accessibility technologies, and increase awareness for this emerging… Continue Reading »

Google introduces new accessibility features with the release of Android 9.0 Oreo

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 25 2017

sculpture of the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system

Marshmallow, Nougat and now finally the Oreo. Google recently unveiled its latest software update in line with its dessert naming tradition for the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. The Android 8.0 Oreo comes with some exciting new features and improvements over the Android Nougat. Over the last few versions,… Continue Reading »

Researchers develop technology for self-driving electric wheelchairs

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 22 2017


TORONTO: A team of Canadian researchers and robotics experts say they’ve developed cost-effective technology that would allow electric wheelchairs to drive themselves. Its creators, from Cyberworks Robotics Inc, the University of Toronto and Université de Sherbrooke, say it will be a gamechanger for people with severe disabilities, giving them greater… Continue Reading »

Samsung launches ‘Relúmĭno’ visual aid application

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, August 21 2017

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Samsung Electronics announced that it will launch ‘Relúmĭno,’ a visual aid application for people with low vision. Relúmĭno’ is a visual aid application that works in conjunction with the Gear VR to enhance the vision of people with vision disabilities. Users with newer models of Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy… Continue Reading »

Team Wins Award for Armenian Sign Language App

Assistive Technology, Europe, August 18 2017

YEREVAN: Students from the Vahan Tekeyan School in the Karbi village of Aragatsotn Province were selected as finalists of the 2017 Technovation Challenge, an all-girls international competition, winning the People’s Choice Award for an app to help people learn Armenian Sign Language. The competition was held from August 7 to… Continue Reading »

NASA paves a way for people who are blind to experience a Total Solar Eclipse

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 17 2017

app screenshot

On August 21, 2017, just a few days away, the United States of America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. Said to be an unforgettable experience, many people plan to descend upon this path of totality and view complete darkness. But what about those who will… Continue Reading »

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