Maker uses 3D printing to create eye-tracking wheelchair controller

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Eye-Tracking Wheelchair Controller

Eye-Tracking Wheelchair Controller

UK-based maker Patrick Joyce, who has degenerative condition motor neuron disease (also known as MND or ALS), has created an eye-tracking wheelchair controller that allows a user who has lost all motor functions except for eye movement to be able to control their wheelchair and an onboard computer.
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The Wheelchair Gets a Makeover—and a New Name – WSJ
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Innovation is coming not just to motorized wheelchairs but to manually operated models, too. Tapping technologies already common in bicycles and motorcycles, newest designs are built with carbon fiber, titanium, aluminum and hybrid plastics to be lean and light but durable.The titanium and aluminum frame of a “rigid” (or nonfolding) wheelchair made by TiLite, a unit of Sweden-based Permobil, weighs a little more than 13 pounds, while the folding wheelchairs seen in short-term use in airports and hospitals weigh 35 to 44 pounds. TiLite uses sophisticated 3-D design software, including SolidWorks, to custom-fit its manual chairs to a customer’s body, says TiLite Vice President of Product Josh Anderson. Among motorized versions, newer designs make it possible for wheelchairs to do things that weren’t possible with older designs. One chair in development, the Scalevo, can climb stairs so that users don’t need to find a ramp or a separate device to maneuver up a stairway.
Source: The Wheelchair Gets a Makeover—and a New Name - WSJ
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Blitab: World’s first tactile tablet is ‘iPad for the blind’
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Tactile Tablet

The first-ever braille tablet has been developed, using a new liquid-based technology to create tactile relief outputting braille, graphics and maps for the blind and partially sighted. Austria-based startup Blitab Technology claims the "revolutionary" technology could be used to open up the digital era to the visually impaired, with plans to develop a braille smartphone."We are creating the first tactile tablet for blind and visually impaired people," Slavi Slavev, chief technology officer and co-founder of Blitab Technology, told IBTimes UK at the Hello Tomorrow Conference in Paris. "What we are doing is creating a completely new technology which outputs braille in a completely new and innovative way without any mechanical elements.
Source: Blitab: World's first tactile tablet is 'iPad for the blind'
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Amazon Echo Digital Assistant

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amazon echo digital assistant The Amazon Echo harnesses the power of the internet to become one of the coolest digital assistants found outside of actual smart devices.
  • Information, music, audio books, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more--instantly
  • Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
  • Far-field voice recognition hears you from across the room
  • Connected to the cloud so it's always getting smarter 360º omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound
  • Compatible with Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue connected devices to control lights and switches with your voicePlays music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more
Source: Amazon Echo: Always Ready, Connected, and Fast.
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Soft Robotic Glove | MIT Technology Review
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Soft Robotic Glove

Engineers at Harvard have developed a soft robotic glove that allows people with limited hand mobility to grasp and pick up objects. The device could help the estimated 6.8 million people in the United States who have hand mobility issues, whether from a degenerative condition, stroke, or old age.
Source: A Robot That Lets Your Hands Do the Grasping | MIT Technology Review
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Customized Golf Car and Dynamic Seat Unveiled at Bobby Jones Classic
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Customized Golf Car and Dynamic Seat

A team of Georgia Tech undergraduate students watched as their award-winning senior capstone project was unveiled at the start of the Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation’s (CSF) annual Bobby Jones Golf Classic tournament at historic East Lake Golf Club. Their working prototype, a customized golf car and dynamic seat designed to allow children with disabilities to golf, was demonstrated before a crowd at the start of this charitable tournament. Earlier, the team’s project won the interdisciplinary category at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s spring 2015 Capstone Design Expo, which had 198 teams competing. Team members were: Blair Naples, Matthew Brooks, Jarad Heimer, Alexander Pergakis, and Jackson Thomas. An interdisciplinary team combines two or more academic disciplines or fields of study.
Source: ZyroboticsGolf Car Prototype Unveiled at Bobby Jones Classic - Zyrobotics
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Accessible Educational Materials: Just in Time Basics for Families and Educators

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This webinar is for families and educators new to accessible educational materials. The first half of the session will include an overview of legal issues, the changing language of AEM, a decision-making process for determining which students need for AEM, and steps to take to address their needs. The second half of the session will be devoted to addressing questions and comments from participants. Follow-up resources will be shared.
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Blind Guider – Guiding Bricks for Sight Impaired

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Blind Glider

The Blind Guider is an innovative guide brick that for the sight impaired. It provides the street names and directions to blind via RFID embedded on the guide brick. The blind communicate with the guiding brick through the sensors found on the bottom of the guide cane, which is transmitted to the earphone. How feasible is this design is yet to be determined, however as a concept it is a good idea.
Source: Blind Guider – Guiding Bricks for Sight Impaired 
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Tactile, Temperature-Enhanced Wristwatch
Tactile, Temperature-Enhanced Wristwatch

Tactile, Temperature-Enhanced Wristwatch

Technology to assist visually impaired people is progressing far beyond the dog and cane. These technology concepts  – all of which are still in the design stages and not available for purchase – could someday bring the world into focus for those who can’t necessarily see it unassisted. The Tactile, Temperature-Enhanced Wristwatch Watches for blind folks are all about feeling, rather than seeing, the time. This concept from designer Jung Hoon Lee is known as the Rub Feel Know watch. It puts a rather unusual twist on the expected raised bumps on the watch face. The hour hand is represented by an indentation near the center of the watch. The minute hand is a small bump which is situated closer to the outside of the face. If feeling the positions of the indentation and the bump doesn’t give enough haptic information, there is another helpful element. The hour indicator feels warm when you touch it, and the minute hand feels cool – along with the concave and convex indicators, the temperature lets users feel exactly what time it is.
Source: Blind Ambitions: 11 Game-Changing Visual Assistive Concepts | ArchiWEB 3.0
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SC Featured: A Father’s Legacy | Boston College Captain Pete Frates
One of SC Featured’s most popular segments of 2014 was “Pete’s Challenge,” which told the story of former Boston College captain Pete Frates, the inspiration for the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon that raised awareness — and millions — for ALS. In a special Father’s Day segment, reporter Tom Rinaldi re-visits Frates, now the father of a baby girl, and whose father spreads Pete’s message of perseverance. The feature debuts in the 10 a.m. SportsCenter on Sunday, June 21.
Boston College Captain Pete Frates

Boston College Captain Pete Frates

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