• Assistive Technology

    MTN Foundation supports University of Ghana students with disabilities

    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 assistance in pursuing their studies.… Continue Reading »

    Household Technology Can Aid the Learning of Children with ADHD

    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 are the latest technologies you… Continue Reading »

    Dubai to host ‘AccessAbilities’ Expo in November

    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 Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al… Continue Reading »

    New technology uses mouth gestures to interact in virtual reality

    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 upper half of a user’s… Continue Reading »

    Project creates cardboard adaptations for kids with disabilities

    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 can present challenges, too: Mark… Continue Reading »

    44th International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo

    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 from all over the world.… Continue Reading »

    Disability and engineering communities pair up for assistive technology hackathon

    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 functional prototypes. The teams had… Continue Reading »

    Google Glass app helps children with disabilities with social interactions

    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, children find it easy to… Continue Reading »

    Students develop ‘smart eye’ for people with vision disabilities

    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 UAEU’s Science and Innovation Park… Continue Reading »