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.


Latest technology allows Christchurch quake survivor to get new prosthetic legs

A Christchurch earthquake survivor and double amputee is heading to the United States to be fitted with the latest prosthetic legs. Stacey Herbert is going to a clinic that specialises in making computerised legs for amputees like soldiers wounded by bomb blasts.

Amputee holds orange in prosthetic hand

More access-improving technology

“The researchers at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EFPL) in Switzerland and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) recently developed a completely new sensory feedback channel which allowed a Danish 36 year-old amputee, Dennis Aabo Sørensen, to feel objects in his hand in real time. This was the first time in nine years that Sørensen experienced the sensation of touch.”…

Wheelchair in water

Wheelchairs for the Water

The New York Times reports: Beachgoers with mobility issues visiting Trinidad and Tobago can now use amphibious wheelchairs at a flagship beach that allow people with disabilities to safely enter the water. Four amphibious wheelchairs are available free to visitors at Maracas Beach through the country’s new Amphibious Wheelchair Service. Two lifeguards per wheelchair take visitors…