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    Assistive Technology

    Smart walk assist improves rehabilitation

    A mobile harness suspended from the ceiling is now equipped with intelligent motion analysis for tailored walking rehabilitation in people with spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological disorders affecting gait. Scientists from NCCR Robotics at EPFL and at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) developed an algorithm that adjusts how a mobile harness, suspended from… Continue Reading »

    Robot to help children with vision disabilities find their way

    Alexandre Foucqueteau has taught Cellulo, a little hand-sized robot, how to help children with vision disabilities find their bearings and avoid obstacles in the classroom. For his semester project, Alexandre Foucqueteau came up with a new application for a little multifunctional robot called Cellulo. Created at EPFL two years ago in a collaboration between the… Continue Reading »

    Low-cost smart glove wirelessly translates ASL alphabet into text

    Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a smart glove that wirelessly translates the American Sign Language alphabet into text and controls a virtual hand to mimic sign language gestures. The device, which engineers call “The Language of Glove,” was built for less than $100 using stretchable and printable electronics that are… Continue Reading »

    Microsoft releases iPhone app that narrates the world for people who are blind

    Microsoft has released a new Seeing AI app for iPhone that uses computer vision to describe the world for people who are blind or have low vision. With the app downloaded, the users can point their phone’s camera at a person and it’ll say who they are and how they’re feeling. They can also point… Continue Reading »

    Robots to help children with autism

    New research involving the University of Portsmouth is aiming to develop robots to help children with autism in ways humans can’t. The Development of Robot-Enhanced therapy for children with Autism spectrum disorders (DREAM) project will design robots that can operate autonomously and help the therapist to improve the child’s social interaction skills, such as turn-taking,… Continue Reading »

    90% of wheelchairs used by people with disabilities in state inappropriate: Study

    BENGALURU, INDIA: Only 10% of the wheelchairs used by 66.8 lakh people with disabilities of the state are appropriate, user-specific and manufactured as per World Health Organisation (WHO) stipulations, says a recent study by Mobility India Rehabilitation Research and Training Centre, an institute that works with WHO in training professionals across diverse rehabilitation programs for… Continue Reading »

    Dolphin Computer Access Introduces GuideReader Accessible Book Reader

    British assistive technology innovators Dolphin Computer Access this week launched GuideReader, offering people who are blind and low vision Americans a new, effortless way to find and read accessible books and newspapers. GuideReader connects to a TV and is specially designed for seniors who are blind or have low vision to read their favorite books… Continue Reading »

    New wheelchair prototype with an innovative propulsion system

    A new wheelchair prototype with an innovative propulsion system has been developed by Massey University engineers that attempts to minimise chronic shoulder and wrist problems for self-propelled wheelchair users, while making it easier for users to travel uphill. The chair, named Ezy-wheels, employs an innovative propulsion method where the user pushes and pulls the chair… Continue Reading »

    iHEAR Introduces Eva, the First Hearing Aid Designed for Women with Hearing Disabilities

    SAN LEANDRO, CALIF.: iHEAR Medical announces the launch of Eva, the first hearing aid designed specifically to address hearing disability of women. Over 20 million women in the U.S., 150 million women globally, with hearing disabilities of 40 decibels or more. Eva will be available to order online on July 1, 2017. Orders will ship… Continue Reading »