Monday, July 6, 2020

Tag: Assistive Technology

Spinal Cord Injury: Pros and cons of robotic exoskeletons

Published: April 29, 2020

Robotic exoskeletons have emerged as a helpful rehabilitation tool for disabled and people suffering from several health-related consequences after a spinal cord injury (SCI).

Exoskeletons are wearable robotic units, controlled by computer boards to power a system of motors, pneumatics, levers, or hydraulics to restore locomotion and improve quality of life. Used by facilities for rehabilitation purposes in medical centers or home use, Exoskeletons have the potential to revolutionize rehabilitation following SCI.

Tongo – Tongue Based Operating System

Published: April 2, 2020

A new invention turns the tongue into a digital operating system, and can change the lives of millions of people with disabilities around the world.

Logitech’s Adaptive Gaming Kit Makes the Xbox Adaptive Controller More Accessible

Published: November 18, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC) facilitates gaming for players with accessibility needs. While a forward-thinking device, the XAC isn’t without limitations. To get the most out of the peripheral, users must purchase separate triggers, switches, and other accessories. Doing this can get expensive, especially for those living on a limited budget. Logitech has a solution with its upcoming product: the Logitech G Adaptive Gaming Kit. I recently participated in a conference call where I got to see what the Adaptive Gaming Kit is all about.

Control Robots With Your Face

Published: November 14, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

This Device lets you control electronics with your face.

Quadriplegic ‘Halo’ Fan Builds Custom Controllers for Players With Disabilities

Published: November 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Quadriplegic ‘Halo’ Fan Builds Custom Controllers for Players With Disabilities

Over-the-skin electrical stimulation helps provide movement in quadriplegics

Published: November 7, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Feinstein Institutes research examines new closed-loop neurostimulation

MANHASSET, NY — Researchers at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research used new closed-loop neurostimulation methods and textile-based electrodes to facilitate individual finger movement and grasp force regulation in quadriplegia individuals. Their results were published in the Springer Nature journal, Bioelectronic Medicine.

Drone gives paralysed former surfer a new perspective on life

Published: October 16, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

“It is the little things – the sound of the lapping of water against the bottom of his board and seeing the beach from a different point of view – that Islander James Bedding misses the most about surfing.”

Since a freak accident 22 years ago, when 15-year-old James fell from a sea wall at the Harbour and suffered a serious spinal injury which left him quadriplegic, he has been confined to a wheelchair.

The new Gods of esports are paralyzed from the neck down

Published: October 14, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Players with quadriplegia are using neuroscience and video games to take on the world.

On a mostly sunny July afternoon in 2014, Chris Scott jumped out of a plane. For Scott, a thrill-seeking instructor at Skydive Long Island in New York, this wasn’t unusual. It wasn’t out of the norm for jumping partner Gary Messina, either. Known to friends as “Gary Go Hard,” the New York City corrections officer had been dropping out of planes since his teens.

Accessible Hunter creator inspires others to get back into the woods

Published: October 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

It was, for Greg Traynor, a moment of revelation.

It was autumn, his favorite time of year. And he was in the woods, archery hunting, his most cherished outdoor activity among many.

The sun was shining on his face, the leaves were a fiery mix of reds and golds and oranges, turkeys and squirrels and birds bustled about. In a few moments, a white-tailed doe would appear, and he’d take it with one clean, perfectly-placed shot from his crossbow.

The Lancet Neurology: Pioneering study suggests that an exoskeleton for tetraplegia could be feasible

Published: October 3, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A 4-limb robotic system controlled by brain signals helped a tetraplegic man to move his arms and walk using a ceiling-mounted harness for balance