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Articles Tagged: Assistive Technology

This hand exoskeleton for people with paralysis can be controlled by brainwaves

Published: January 23, 2018 | Category: News

People with limited mobility or paralysis could be able to use their hands again thanks to a robotic exoskeleton which can be controlled by brainwaves.

The lightweight and portable devices are being developed in the Geneva lab of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and can restore functional grasps for those with physical impairments.

It is hoped that refined versions of the kit will allow people to complete meaningful daily tasks. Continue Reading »

NeoMano Robotic Glove Helps Paralyzed Hands Grip Again

Published: January 8, 2018 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

The glove helps people with a spinal cord injury perform everyday tasks like holding a cup or brushing their teeth.

A spinal cord injury can have a lasting effect on the quality of the life you’re able to lead. Depending on the severity of damage, symptoms can include pain, numbness or even paralysis, rendering everyday tasks nearly impossible. But a new robotic glove called the NeoMano hopes to help people who suffer from spinal cord injuries regain use of their hand. Continue Reading »

App lets quadriplegics use phone without physical assistance

Published: December 16, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Instead of swiping with a finger, the technology lets users control the device with small head movements or voice commands. The technology can help people who are paralyzed or have limited mobility due to neurodegenerative diseases such as MS, ALS or spinal cord injuries.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A day after Oded Ben Dov appeared on Israeli television to promote his video game technology, which allowed players to control their games by moving their heads, a viewer called him with another suggestion for the software.

“I can’t move my arms or legs,” the viewer told him. “Can you make a smartphone that I can use?” Continue Reading »

Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge

Published: November 16, 2017 | Category: News

The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has launched a $4 million US dollar global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating in the unveiling of the winners in Tokyo in 2020.

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Eye-Driven Wheelchair Gives Quadriplegics More Independence

Published: November 9, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

For quadriplegics, life can be extremely isolated. Those without the ability to control their arms, legs or head must rely entirely on a caregiver to move, or even turn around, their wheelchair.

One cause of quadriplegia is the neurodegenerative disease ALS, which afflicts an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 in the U.S., according to the CDC.

Because the disease is progressive, those afflicted can go from having completely normal motor control to being fully quadriplegic without the ability to talk, in the span of just a few years. Previously having the ability to move independently can make the loss of movement even more difficult for those with ALS. Continue Reading »

Bionic bodies: From typing with a glance to restoring paralyzed limbs, new technology aids the ailing

Published: October 13, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

If eye-gaze technology, motion sensor tracking and functional electrical stimulation sound like secret weapons of the CIA, you’d be half right. Much of the newfangled equipment in use for those with medical disabilities came out of technology originally designed for the government. Now, it’s helping injured and ill people with life’s basic needs.

Former Saints player Steve Gleason, diagnosed with ALS in 2011, propels his custom wheelchair with only a glance.

“I have an infrared eye tracker that is connected to my laptop and serves as my control center,” said Gleason. Continue Reading »

Stand-Up Wheelchair Lets Chef with Disabilities Continue His Career

Published: October 10, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

In honor of National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation shares the story of a man who was able to return to his career with the help of assistive technology.

Winter Haven, FL (PRWEB) October 10, 2017 Watching Othedus (Theo) Harvin at work in the kitchen at Sonny’s BBQ is like watching a graceful ballet. He moves from the grill to the refrigerator to the slicer and back again in one seamless motion. He pulls a lever to stand up so he can use the slicing machine or reach into the refrigerator, and he lowers the lever to sit down at the grill and get supplies. His movements are smooth and fluid as he maneuvers his wheelchair around the kitchen. Continue Reading »

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation releases new edition of Paralysis Resource Guide

Published: October 10, 2017 | Category: Information

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, is pleased to announce the release of its newly updated Paralysis Resource Guide (PRG) from the Foundation’s Paralysis Resource Center (PRC). Since 2002, when the PRC was first established, the Foundation has distributed over 200,000 copies of the PRG to people living with paralysis, their caregivers and family members.

The 4th edition of the PRG has up to date paralysis-related information, topics on secondary conditions (pain, spasticity, etc.), travel, employment, disability benefits, and sports and recreation. Continue Reading »

They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

Published: September 21, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

With hard work and ingenuity, three VCU occupational therapy students devised a swiveling computer table that will help Derrick Bayard increase his independence.

Before dawn on Aug. 8, Derrick Bayard began having severe pain in his abdomen, followed by body spasms. Soon after, it became hard to breathe. He was home alone, a detail made exponentially more important — and dangerous — by the fact that he’s a quadriplegic, unable to use his hands and feet. Continue Reading »

Indiana AgrAbility Project keeps farming accessible for all

Published: September 17, 2017 | Category: News

Twenty years ago, Justin Hosler met a man he shared two things with: life-changing injuries that rendered both of them unable to walk and physical therapy sessions. In rehabilitation, it bothered Hosler to watch the man refuse to try.

“His refusal to try motivated me … there’s a lot of life left and I couldn’t just sit there and not live it,” said Hosler, who now farms 1,800 acres full-time in Huntington County.

That determination lifted Hosler to ambitiously pursue his dreams. Continue Reading »