WOW! Stolen out of the star ship Enterprise, comes this new power wheelchair by Whill. A pretty interesting review by THE VERGE, and it illustrates the mind set of the founder and his reason behind the design.Read More
Wheelchair gamers REJOICE! It’s in the works!
By modifying a Microsoft Kinect sensor, a research project at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference demonstrated how gamers in a wheelchair could interact with motion games. “If we were using the Kinect SDK in the traditional way then people would be sitting in one fixed location and using their hands and arms as input,” said Kathrin Greling a Ph.D. student at the University of Saskatchewan. She said the modification that she made to the Kinect meant that the system could take into account the position and movement of the wheelchair.
“What we’ve done so far is mapped the wheelchair movements onto commercially available games,” she said. “We think there is also a lot of design opportunity related to specific wheelchair gestures.”- Read more and watch the video at www.techhive.com
The possibilities! Now wheelchair users can look forward to get there ass shaking on… or wheel shaking. Looking forward to this innovation!
Now we just need girls to start planning on making videos gaming in a wheelchair sexy. Here is an example ladies. Just Saying.
What started as a class project turned into an award-winning invention for a group of University of Virginia students. The engineering students created a solar-powered wheelchair.
Alper Sirvan’s life just got a little bit easier. He has cerebral palsy and lives in Turkey. He has never met the students who built the solar-powered wheelchair but he’s benefiting from the group’s success firsthand.
Waldron says the group had to tear down the wheelchair four times before they finally got it right. Group members say they look forward to sending the finished project off to Turkey so Sirvan can use it. - Read more and watch the video www.nbc29.com
I have got to admit, this is pretty awesome! When I was in college, most of my “class projects” consisted of fighting off the multiple hangovers long enough to pay attention in class. I’m pretty sure someone already invented something to help that. Coffee, energy drinks, crack. Darn it! All the good inventions have already been taken!
The very first bionic hand that allows amputees to regain feeling!
The first bionic hand that allows an amputee to feel what they are touching will be transplanted later this year in a pioneering operation that could introduce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perception.
Dr Micera said that the hand will be attached directly to the patient’s nervous system via electrodes clipped onto two of the arm’s main nerves, the median and the ulnar nerves.
This should allow the man to control the hand by his thoughts, as well as receiving sensory signals to his brain from the hand’s sensors. It will effectively provide a fast, bidirectional flow of information between the man’s nervous system and the prosthetic hand
The plan is for the patient to wear the bionic hand for a month to see how he adapts to the artificial limb. If all goes well, a full working model will be ready for testing within two years, Dr Micera said. - Read the full www.Independent.co.uk article here
WOW, This is incredible!
So it goes to an unnamed man in his 20′s. Perfect! If I were him, I would be going around town, asking girls to help me test it out the sensitivity feeling by getting to second base with them. You know, for the sake of science! We got to be sure this bionic hand truly allows us to feel! Okay that was perverted. YAY Science!
Watch the “NewsyScience” coverage below
With all the different materials wheelchairs are made of; aluminum, magnesium, titanium, comes a new material.
Israeli inventors who have already created a bicycle made nearly entirely out of cardboard that could allow developing nations to get bicycles for free is now planning to make a cardboard wheelchair.
The bicycle is made out of cardboard but is treated with a secret organic concoction that makes it water and fire proof, and is then coated with lacquer paint. The similar cardboard wheelchairs will be maintenance-free, withstand water and humidity, and weigh 20 pounds, but will have the capacity to carry riders weighing up to 400 pounds.
Inventors Nimrod Elmish and Izhar Gafni, and I.G. Cardboard Technologies, have been approached by an anonymous international non-profit organization for the purpose of producing cardboard wheelchairs in Africa.
WOW! This is absolutely an incredible invention!
Read the algemeiner.com article HERE - See the Video of the cardboard bicycle by Izhar Gafni
(image source = NOTE: the cardboard wheelchair image above is NOT a representation of theI.G. Cardboard Technologies proposed design. For illustration purposes only)
It’s been all over the news last week but if you haven’t seen it, the beBionic worlds most advanced prosthetic hand.
Designed and built by UK firm RSL Steeper, the beBionic v3 (BB3) hand and wrist prosthetic provides trans-radial (below the elbow) amputees an unprecedented level and variety of function. The bionic hand “reads” electrical impulses from residual nerves in the stump through the skin and interprets the patient’s will, rearranging its digits into one of 14 different grips. These include power grips for shaking hands, carrying groceries, or lifting oneself from a seated position, or finesse grips for pulling out credit cards, tying shoes, or holding dinnerware.
The hand itself is built from carbon fiber and weighs between 550 and 600 grams, depending on size and options. It measures about 200mm from the tip of the middle finger to the base of the wrist and, aside from its egg-crushing strength, the BB3 can easily tote loads up to 99 pounds. It’s available in a number of color options and comes with a flesh colored glove, though if you just blew $25,000 – $35,000 on one of these, why on Earth would you want to hide it?
This is absolutely incredible and kind of scary at the same time. I bet there are secret government labs that have created the first complete human cyborg! Side note: would you dare to grab your “private” parts with that thing?… things to ponder.
Read the full Gizmodo article HERE - See both videos below of Nigel demonstrating his hand
Well almost… but technology is pretty amazing!
A robotic wheelchair with wheels that behave like legs can step onto curbs and up short flights of stairs. The technology could be revolutionary for people with limited mobility.
The wheelchair is under development at Chiba Institute of Technologyin Japan. It looks like a typical wheelchair that rolls along on four wheels, but when it reaches a step, a suite of sensors assesses the obstacle, adjusts the chair accordingly and maneuvers its wheels like legs to get over the hurdle.
The chair also has a few other tricks, including the ability to line all its wheels and stabilizers up in a straight line in order to pivot in a tight circle. This comes in handy when a person needs to turn around in a tight hallway, for example.
SWEET! With the upcoming Exoskeleton weapon that should be invented soon and this walking wheelchair mayhem of death, there will be nothing to stop the disabled army! Well as soon as they weaponize this technology for us at least. One can dream right?
Read the full “nbcnews” article HERE
Ekso Bionics is opening its first Ekso Store in Cambridge (England)!
“The Ekso Store™ will give people the opportunity to better understand the technology, its potential and clinical benefits that cutting edge bionic exoskeleton technology can provide. Ekso™ will be available to purchase for home use under clinical supervision with delivery in September of this year.”
“Today, with the opening of our first Ekso Store™, we have taken an important step on our journey to revolutionise mobility options for those who want to walk again” stated Eythor Bender, CEO of Ekso Bionics. “Nearly 300 people have walked in Ekso™ and the Ekso Store™ is an exciting new concept which challenges people to come and try this technology for themselves to see what it can offer them, it is much more than a mobility option”
WOOHOO! Now paralyzed peeps can window shop for “walking” as an option! I wonder what their return policy is like? I mean, I wonder if I had a big night out on the town and wanted to walk around for an evening. Would I be able to return it the following day for a refund if I left the price tag on? You know, how you ladies do it with dresses? Just a thought.
Read the “World.einnews” article HERE