Assistive Technology

Thai Universities Innovate to Empower Persons with Disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Assistive Technology, September 18 2020

Boy in a wheelchair in difference seating positions

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… Continue Reading »

CNIB Announces New Partnership with LEARNstyle

Americas, Assistive Technology, August 22 2020

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… Continue Reading »

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

Assistive Technology, Europe, August 19 2020

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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… Continue Reading »

University Students Create Cutting-edge Wearable Navigation Device

Americas, Assistive Technology, July 30 2020

An assistive 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… Continue Reading »

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

Assistive Technology, Europe, July 9 2020

‘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… Continue Reading »

3D Printed Hands Are Giving Syrian Children a Second Chance

Assistive Technology, Middle East, July 6 2020

Picture of a child using a 3d printed hand

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.… Continue Reading »

Glove Translates Sign Language in Real-time

Americas, Assistive Technology, July 6 2020

Image of a glove that A glove able to translate sign language to speech in real-time has been designed (Image: Getty/UCLA)

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… Continue Reading »

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

Assistive Technology, Europe, June 19 2020

Older woman opening the door

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… Continue Reading »

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

Assistive Technology, Global, ICT, June 2 2020

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… Continue Reading »

Researchers From University Develop Braille Ultrasonic Haptic Display for ATMs 

Assistive Technology, Europe, May 29 2020

Braille display device being used at an ATM

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… Continue Reading »


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