• Asia-Pacific

    University of Technology Sydney robots may help disabled people to lift

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: At the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), research fellow Dr Jaime Valls Miro said their robotics research was using intelligent and intuitive robots to help disabled people. “We want to introduce robotic intelligence into everyday life, even if it is helping someone to open a tin of tomatoes,” Dr Valls Miro said. When… Continue Reading »

    Japanese inventors create robot dog to help blind people

    TOKYO, JAPAN: A Japanese company has invented ‘Robo Dog’ robot that would serve as a guide to people who are blind. The ‘Robo Dog’ robot was created by Japanese developer NSK, along with the University of Electro-Communications, and uses a Microsoft Kinect image and distance sensor to create a 3-D visualization of obstacles ahead. The ‘Robo Dog’… Continue Reading »

    Android powered shoes ‘Le Chal’ for blind people

    Anirudh Sharma, an IT Engineer from Rajasthan Technical University has developed a system that offers non-obtrusive navigation for blind people (Hat tip: Himanshu Khanna, Pixelonomics). Calling it Le Chal (Hindi for ‘Take me there’), Sharma conceptualized and demonstrated the system at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)  Media Lab Design and Innovation Workshop 2011. The Le Chal… Continue Reading »

    Woman with disabilities sues Chengdu Airlines for barring her from boarding

    Woman with disabilities from Sichuan Province is suing Chengdu Airlines for refusing to let her board a plane earlier this month, in the latest case of discrimination against people with disabilities in domestic airlines. Zhu Lanying, 26, wheelchair user, was about to board a Chengdu Airlines flight at Kunming Airport in Yunnan Province on October… Continue Reading »

    Woman with disabilities takes Jetstar to court for discrimination

    A Disabled woman is taking Jetstar to the Federal Court seeking a declaration that the airline’s “two wheelchair policy” is discriminatory. Sheila King, 75 was banned from a Jetstar flight from Adelaide to Brisbane in August 2008 because the flight already had two passengers requiring wheelchair assistance. She was told Jetstar had a policy of… Continue Reading »

    State government announced accessible cyclone relief shelters

    BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA, INDIA: The State Government on Saturday announced special provisions for women, children and people with disabilities to face natural calamities. Addressing a function on Orissa disaster preparedness day to mark the 12th anniversary of super cyclone, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that to ensure total accessibility for people with disabilities, the Orissa State… Continue Reading »

    Museum to improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities

    CHENNAI, INDIA: The Government Museum is gearing up to receive more visitors with disabilities with a host of amenities for them set to come up in the next few months on its sprawling campus in Egmore. From more ramps with hand railings near the galleries to elevators to tactile flooring to modified toilets, work on… Continue Reading »

    Housing societies and shops should be made accessible for wheelchair users

    POWAI, INDIA: Powaiites in Hiranandani Gardens may have seen a lady cruising on her wheelchair, the sight is unusual to see a wheelchair users moving on the road amidst traffic on its own. Courageous and bold Neha Kopikar from Hiranandani Powai is a perfect example to all the people that how a disabled person can… Continue Reading »

    OGCIO launches campaign to promote web accessibility

    HONG KONG: The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) today (October 25) launched the Web Accessibility Campaign to promote the adoption of accessible design in websites in the public and private sectors. Through publicity, fostering know-how and promulgating technical resources, the campaign aims to facilitate access to online information by persons with disabilities… Continue Reading »