Assistive Technology

‘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 »

New Research Project to Explore Benefits of Assistive Tech for Older Persons

IRELAND: Carried out by researchers at Dublin City University, a new survey has been launched to explore and develop cost-effective assistive technology solutions to help elderly people to remain independent and safe in their own homes. Researchers at the Centre for e-Integrated Care (CeIC) and the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at Dublin City… Continue Reading »

ZERO PROJECT 2020-21: Call for Nominations on Employment and ICT

The Zero Project team invites leading experts and organizations to nominate Innovative Practices and Policies concerning this year’s topic: Employment and ICT. Click here to submit your nomination This year, we are seeking for Innovative Practices and Policies from across the business, civil, technology, academic and public sectors and have defined these main topics that… Continue Reading »

Researchers From University Develop Braille Ultrasonic Haptic Display for ATMs 

GERMANY: German engineers from the University of Bayreuth have developed an ultrasonic haptic display that allows them to display Braille numbers non-contact. The device can create several zones in the air at the same time, where the ultrasonic waves are focused and create a pressure that a person can distinguish. At the same time, visually impaired people… Continue Reading »

Design Concept for Assistive Mobility Vehicle Embraces Universal Design 

You know the bright future is here when we see design concepts like MÜV (pronounced “move”) – a purely electric, self-balancing, hands-free assistive mobility vehicle concept that grants you true omnidirectional maneuverability. To simplify it, think of it as a hoverboard with a seat but you don’t have to worry about balancing it! MÜV may… Continue Reading »

Disability Survey Is Afghanistan’s First in 15 Years

Afghanistan in context Afghanistan has endured decades of political instability and chaos. The country remains exceedingly fragile despite nearly 20 years of international support, and the most recent presidential election, of which long-time rivals Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah have both declared themselves the winner, has left the Afghan government “on the verge of imploding.”… Continue Reading »

Startup Introduces Smart Cane for Persons with Visual Impairment

PAKISTAN: A Startup Zamastarga from 7th batch of The Catalyst GIK Incubator of GIK Institute has created a smart cane for visually impaired. It’s an Electronic device that helps visually impaired navigate their path without hitting the obstacle. The team conducted a product launch at Blind School Peshawar and donated 5 canes to visually impaired. The Smart cane features… Continue Reading »

New Gadget Provides Inclusive Experience for Rugby Fans with Disabilities

UNITED KINGDOM:  Blind sports fans have received a boost from a magnetic gadget to help them enjoy a match. The “touchy-feely” board helps visually-impaired supporters keep up with the action and never miss a goal, try, putt or basketball hoop. The kit is the first of its type in the UK and is being used at Scottish rugby matches… Continue Reading »