Assistive Technology

Welsh Startup Launches New Range of Assistive Tech Products for Independent Living

Care Direct Technology has announced the commercial release of its suite of assistive technology products designed to make independent living more achievable for those who need extra help around the home. The release includes a set of IoT home sensors, a smartwatch, personal alarm, reactive cameras with a two-way microphone, and smart hub, which collect… Continue Reading »

UK Priority Assistive Products List (APL) National Survey

The WHO has developed a Priority Assistive Products List (APL) to assist Member States in planning policies and programmes related to the provision of assistive products. The British Assistive Technology Association in collaboration WHO-GATE have launched this survey to identify the UK’s most essential Assistive Products List. This will help us define our own national priorities for the assistive technology products… Continue Reading »

Thai Universities Innovate to Empower Persons with Disabilities

THAILAND: National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP), and Department of Older Persons (DOP) signed in an MoU to support the development of the innovations for empowering the older people and persons with disabilities. In the initial stage, there are a few inventions that are ready to be produced… Continue Reading »

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech Invites Startups 

Startups with solutions addressing barriers to digital inclusion faced by people with disabilities have been invited to apply for up to US$325,000 in grant funding from the latest GSMA Innovation Fund. The GSMA Innovation Fund for Assistive Tech, supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, is looking for startups, small and medium enterprises… Continue Reading »

CNIB Announces New Partnership with LEARNstyle

CANADA  – CNIB, Canada’s largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, has signed a new partnership agreement with LEARNstyle, experts in specialized education and assistive technology training. Through this exciting new partnership, LEARNstyle will provide high-quality, specialized training to support Ontario teachers and students in their journey to take full advantage of accessible products, technology and… Continue Reading »

County Council in U.K. Produces Interactive Guide to Assistive Technology

UNITED KINGDOM: Hertfordshire County Council has produced a visual guide to demonstrate how assistive technology can be used inside and outside the home to aid independent living. The interactive guide allows the user to click on different parts of a ‘technology house’ to view examples of devices and solutions that can be installed or worn. Examples include a flood… Continue Reading »

University Students Create Cutting-edge Wearable Navigation Device

US – A group of students from internationally acclaimed US-based Harvard University has launched a startup called Foresight, a wearable navigation aid for people with vision impairments that uses cutting-edge soft robotics and computer vision technology. Foresight connects to a user’s smartphone camera, which is worn around the neck. It detects objects nearby and this information… Continue Reading »

‘World’s First’ Remote Assisted Living Lab Seeks Collaboration with Assistive Tech Suppliers

UNITED KINGDOM: Heriot-Watt University scientists are launching what they believe is the world’s first open and remote access living lab to research and create innovative independent living solutions for elderly and disabled people. Creating solutions for Ambient Assisted Living (OpenAAL), the multi-disciplinary lab will target the rapid co-creation of scalable and affordable assistive solutions to… Continue Reading »

3D Printed Hands Are Giving Syrian Children a Second Chance

SYRIA: War is causing havoc and destruction in Syria. However, children remain innocent within this realm and their pursuits of playtime and fun are undiminished. Ten-year-old Loai was playing in his neighborhood in Aleppo with his friends when a shell was dropped on them. Loai lost his hand in the attack. Smart Hand is a startup… Continue Reading »

Glove Translates Sign Language in Real-time

BIOENGINEERS have built a glove able to translate sign language to speech in real-time. The cutting-edge glove features thin, stretchable sensors running to the fingertips. These sensors can detect motions and finger placement through electrically conducting yarns. Those sensors are then connected to a tiny circuit board – approximately the size of a coin worn… Continue Reading »