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Smart glasses for the blind

A simple trip to the shops, or a short walk, can be difficult for sight-impaired people. But now smart glasses, developed to help people with limited vision avoid walking into obstacles, are being trialled in public spaces for the first time. The high-tech specs are designed to give registered blind people greater freedom, make facial features easier to see, as ... Read More »

Habinteg leads major European project testing new technology in tenants’ homes

Leaders of a major European independent living project, Habinteg Housing Association are starting practical tests of innovative new household technology this month. These high tech solutions aim to make everyday tasks much easier for disabled and older people. The accessible housing experts are representing the UK on the I-stay@home programme alongside partner organisations from France, Germany, Holland and Belgium. 180 tenants ... Read More »

RSL Steeper invited to royal reception for UK tech success

Representatives from RSLSteeper, one of the UK’s leading prosthetic manufacturers, were amongst the 350 technologists invited to attend a royal reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate recent advancements and successes in the world of technology. The event, held on Monday 9th June, welcomed guests from technology firms, start-ups and universities around the country, who spent the evening networking with members ... Read More »

Bebionic-wearer named finalist at Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards

Stephen Lowry, the first person in Northern Ireland to be issued with a bebionic3 myo-electric hand, was named a finalist in the Overcoming Adversity category at the 2014 Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards with Specsavers. Read More »

SoftWheel: the revolutionary design to give wheelchair users a smoother ride

The rhythm of knocks, shocks and bumps will be familiar if you’re used to navigating a city in a wheelchair, the landscape of uneven paving, steps and kerbs providing a constant background judder. But for Israeli farmer Gilad Wolf, a few months of attempting to do his job in a wheelchair, after a broken leg left him immobile, was enough ... Read More »

Mind-controlled robotic suit to debut at World Cup 2014

Shortly before 5pm local time on 12 June at Arena Corinthians in São Paulo, a young paraplegic Brazilian will stand up from a wheelchair, walk over to midfield, and take a kick in the opening ceremony of the 2014World Cup. Read More »

Bionic Olympics to be hosted in 2016

The first Cybathlon, an Olympics for bionic athletes, will take place in Switzerland in October 2016.  The event will include a race where competitors control an avatar via a brain interface.  There will also be races for competitors wearing prosthetic limbs and exo-skeletons. Read More »

‘My terrifying step into old age’: A special aging suit gave Amanda Platell an insight into what elderly parents endure every day

Breathing deeply, I heave my leaden right leg onto the bottom step, then bring the left one up to follow it.   Leaning heavily on my walking stick, I repeat the process at a snail’s pace: two feet on each step, one step at a time.   I can’t see where I’m going, and the edge of the steps inside a Yorkshire ... Read More »