Hi-tech Contact Lenses That Zoom

High Tech Contact Lens

High Tech Contact Lens

Agence France-Presse – Swiss researchers are developing contact lenses that contain tiny telescopes to boost vision and zoom in and out with the wink of an eye. latest advances in vision aids – some of which could potentially help the 285 million people worldwide with some form of vision impairment –  were discussed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in California. The contact contains an extremely thin, reflective telescope, which is activated by winks and embedded inside a 1.55 millimeter-thick lens.  First released in 2013 and fine-tuned since then, the prototype was unveiled by Eric Tremblay from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.The lenses come with smart glasses that respond to the wearer’s winks – but not blinks – so that the user can switch almost effortlessly from normal to magnified vision and back. The wearer blinks with the right eye to activate the telescope, and with the left eye to deactivate it.

Source: Blind hope: hi-tech contact lens zooms with wink of an eye - BizNews.com

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History of Assistive Medical Devices

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Assistive Technology from Ancient to Modern Times

A popular history of assistive medical devices that improve functional capabilities, and adaptive technology specifically designed for people with disabilities.Technology has haven’t so much in recent years, especially in this digital age, but some of the assistive technologies we have today were developed on the foundations of ancient society.

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Relax™ Accessible IR Learning Remote | Environmental Control

Relax ECU

Relax ECU

Environmental Control | ECU | EADL The Relax™ is an accessible infrared (IR) learning remote that comes with an updated modern design and provides direct touch and switch control access.

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Don’s Keyboard | Free OnScreen Keyboard Resource!

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Free OnScreen Keyboard Resource!

After hearing Not Impossible Founder Mick Ebeling on the radio, Lorraine contacted Not Impossible to help create a digital solution for her husband. The Not Impossible team, led by volunteer Javed Gangjee, utilized its know-how, the HP x360 Convertible PC and SpeakYourMind Foundation software to develop a simple interface that replicated Don’s paper letter board.

Don was now able to access a new world of technology and communication for the first time since being diagnosed.Through this simple technology, Don independently wrote a love letter to his wife and was able to audibly say “I love you, Lorraine” for the first time in 15 years.

Using the device, incorporating HP hardware with SpeakYourMind Foundation software, Javed's engineering skills and Not Impossible know-how, Don was finally able to independently write and deliver a love letter to his wife around their 25th wedding anniversary. While his world at home remains constant, his life with technology has just begun.

Source: ALS Patient, Husband, and Father Voices ‘I Love You’ for the First Time in 15 Years - Not Impossible

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KD Smart Chair – Lightweight, Portable Power Wheelchair

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KD Smart Chair ( Lightweight, Portable Power Wheelchair ) is an FDA cleared mobility device and was designed to be the most convenient electric wheelchair on the market today. It can be easily folded in seconds and transported in your car, SUV or truck. It is also ideal for travel due to it’s compact size. Now you can bring your wheelchair on the cruise ship, airplane, bus or train.
Our wheelchair is built for durability, safety and reliability for people with mobility issues. It is made of strong aluminum alloy, which gives the chair a total weight of only 50 pounds. It is also more stable than the wobbly 3 wheel scooters. Plus, it can support passengers weighing up to 265 pounds!

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InftyReader | Optical Character Recognition



InftyReader is an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) application that recognizes and translates scientific documents (including math symbols) into LaTeX, MathML and XHTML!
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Accessible Designs Could Help Us All | Google Glass

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Alex Blaszczuk in her Manhatten Apartment wearing google glass

Alex Blaszczuk in her Manhatten Apartment

When Google started selling Google Glass to a select few "explorers," Blaszczuk's friends came over and insisted she try to get a pair. And she did. "Right after I got it, I went to London," Blaszczuk says. "I went for a wedding, and I actually caught the bouquet. I had Google Glass on, and the bouquet landed in my lap." She filmed the entire thing. Computer technology offers us abilities we could once only dream about. But many companies have yet to recognize the commercial opportunity in making products for the disabled. Some argue that ignoring accessibility issues completely is a multi-billion dollar mistake.
Source: Accessible Designs Could Help Us All — But Only If Firms Bite : All Tech Considered : NPR
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Lucy4 – Hands Free Keyboard

Lucy Hands Free Keyboard on dual monitors

Lucy Handsfree Keyboard

Lucy is the most efficient hands free keyboard especially designed for people with no hand function. It is operated by a small and light laser lamp. Just point the laser beam to the letters on the Lucy panel for a short adjustable time and the key is activated. There is no need to push anything. The laser lamp is usually fixed on a pair of glasses and handled by head movement, but users with a limited hand function can handle it manually as well.Thanks to the ergonomic design and its smart letter layout the user needs to move his/her head only a couple of centimeters (±1 inch) to the left, right, up or down. A perfect head control is NOT necessary. Because of its big key size even users with a slight head or hand tremor can work on Lucy.
Source: Lucy4 - Touch The Future
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Reemo | Wearable Technology for Environmental Control

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 Wearable Technology for Environmental Control With Reemo, all connected devices will be as easy as point and control! Imagine controlling the lights, appliances, and electronics in your house without needing to open an app or finding the remote to control them.

Source: Reemo | Wearable technology that gives you control over your world in fun and engaging ways.

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PuddingStone | Games for Language Comprehension and Development

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Puddingstone App

Join Finn, Skyler and Champ as they take you on an educational journey through language development in the revolutionary new game PuddingStone. PuddingStone is a package of three research-based games that target language comprehension and development in a fun and engaging way. Puddingstone’s unparalleled graphics and animations are exciting and motivating to your child, making it easier to teach fundamental language concepts and foster comprehension.
Source: PuddingStone on the App Store on iTunes
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