“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi of the University of Washington are the $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Eat it!” Undergraduate Winners for their invention SignAloud, gloves that translate sign language into text and speech.
While working out in 2014, Mark Wood nearly smashed his knee when it was hit with a kettlebell. It was then that the idea was conceived of a new type of weighted equipment that would change how you grip when working out, making it safe and versatile.
Simple solutions are often best, even when dealing with something as complicated as Parkinson’s. In this inspiring talk, Mileha Soneji shares accessible designs that make the everyday tasks of those living with Parkinson’s a bit easier.
Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color — and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.