Source: Wired.com Entrepreneurs love to claim they’re “reinventing the wheel.” So what do you say when you’ve actuallyreinvented the wheel? “I love spokes, I’ve just come up with something different,” explains Sam Pearce, a British designer who, if you haven’t guessed already, created a spoke-less, shock-absorbing wheel that’s being used on wheelchairs and bicycles. Loopwheels,…
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.
A championship for racing pilots with disabilities (i.e. parathletes) who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies will be held in Zurich in 2016
Head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics says people aren’t disabled — the environment and technology are.
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.
People relying on synthetic speech use the voice they’re given, not their own. Rupal Patel created the vocaliD project to change that.
“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.”…
Miguel Nicolelis, founder of Duke’s Center for Neuroengineering, presents his astonishing work on mind-controlled robotic avatars, which have already been successful in primate research.
A filmmaker with multiple sclerosis hopes an app he developed will help fellow wheelchair users make cities like New York more accessible.
In this slightly emotive article, geek-zine Engadget profiles the work and study of Christopher Hill who uses a single switch to control a rather elaborate Mac-based editing suite. Despite the dodgy language and tone, it’s a great testament to the power of technology with a nice reveal at the end. Read the article and watch…