Training system for wheelchair racers simulates real-world courses

With the Paralympics coming up in September, athletes the world over are training hard right now. Engineers at BAE Systems have come up with an indoor, computerised training system that will allow professional wheelchair racers to speed along without moving an inch.


Elise Roy – When we design for disability, we all benefit

“I believe that losing my hearing was one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received,” says Elise Roy. She says: “When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm.”

Sisters Create ‘The Disabled Life’ Comics Highlighting Life With a Disability

Illustrators and sisters Jessica and Lianna Oddi have a lot to say about living with a disability – but have decided to draw their thoughts instead.

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Tattoo artist’s prosthetic inking arm is better than a real hand

If you wanted to be a tattoo artist but lost your drawing arm, what would you do? JC Sheitan Tenet has an answer: get a prosthetic arm that’s better than flesh and bone. He teamed up with artist Gonzal on a steampunk-inspired limb that integrates an inking needle, a pressure gauge and piping.


Prosthetic arms inspired by video game world of Deus Ex

Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal have teamed up with Open Bionics, a specialist in low-cost prosthetics, to develop new designs based on the world of Deus Ex. The franchise delves deep into a possible future where human augmentation is commonplace, changing society and warfare in equal measure.

The prosthesis is reported to perform admirably, weighing in at less than 3 lb and supporting weights up to 250 lb

Prosthesis allows amputees to walk in heels

A project from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University is providing a prosthesis to help women with lower limb amputations to walk in high heels. It’s an effort that could have a huge positive impact on people’s’ lives, from female veterans to the fashion conscious.


Wheelchair controlled by facial expressions to hit the market within 2 years

Brazilian researchers have developed a wheelchair that can be controlled through small facial, head or iris movements. The team says the technology could help people with cerebral palsy, those who have suffered a stroke or live with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other conditions that prevent precise hand movements.

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Thought-reading headset lets users speak their mind

By combining a wireless connected EEG headset from Emotiv and an assistive communication app, California-based Smartstones is bringing the power of speech to those who have difficulty communicating verbally. The “think to speak” technology works by reading the brainwaves of the user and expressing them as phrases spoken through the app.

The GO wheelchair features made-to-measure 3D-printed seat and foot bay, and will launch during the Clerkenwell Design Week later this month

World’s first consumer 3D-printed wheelchair set to launch in London

Layer Design’s new product takes 3D printing’s unique ability to quickly provide tailored products and uses it to build a custom wheelchair with an attractive design. The design of the product, known as the GO wheelchair, is the result of research conducted with dozens of wheelchair users, as well as medical professionals, over a six-month period of information gathering.


GlassOuse: the world’s first assistive mouse

The GlassOuse is a bluetooth mouse that’s worn like glasses. Based on your head movements, it moves the cursor onscreen. You bite on a blue extension to click, and it can go a week without charging.