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Light-weight tethered exoskeleton helps you run faster and longer

2017-06-07T13:59:20+00:00 June 12th, 2017|

An innovative soft exosuit developed at Harvard University greatly reduces the metabolic cost of running by 5.4%. Amateur or professional athletes alike could greatly improve their performance by using this assistive technology. For instance, a 26.2-mile marathon would feel like running a 24.9-mile one or a running pace of 9:14 minutes/mile could be improved to

Students with special needs get tips to navigate the job market

2017-06-07T11:15:32+00:00 June 8th, 2017|

Shopping the job market can be difficult for many young people. For students with special needs, the task can be even more difficult. But an innovative adult life skills program through the Riverside County Office of Education, provides students with special needs a head start on job-seeking skills. “Most programs are on high school campuses

Mom Designs Drone To Track Kids Who Wander

2017-06-01T09:49:49+00:00 June 7th, 2017|

MILWAUKEE — Ask any busy mom whether she could use a second set of eyes to watch her young children, and she would likely say “yes.” Christine Carr says she may have found a way to do that. The parent of a young daughter with autism, Carr graduated this month from the Milwaukee Institute of

Wearable system helps visually impaired users navigate

2017-06-01T09:20:23+00:00 June 5th, 2017|

Device provides information from a 3-D camera, via vibrating motors and a Braille interface. Computer scientists have been working for decades on automatic navigation systems to aid the visually impaired, but it’s been difficult to come up with anything as reliable and easy to use as the white cane, the type of metal-tipped cane that

To Fidget or Not To Fidget

2017-06-07T10:59:18+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

To fidget or not to fidget, that is the question being asked in classrooms everywhere! Classroom teachers have been put in awkward positions with the latest craze – the fidget spinner/cube. Should it be confiscated, and then risk the wrath of the parent who “knows” that these spinners will most definitely maximize their child’s learning.

Assistive technologies bring new life skills to those with autism

2017-06-07T10:58:17+00:00 May 4th, 2017|

The latest studies from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) in the United States have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is a serious neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. It also

ADA, assistive technology and the leading example of ATMs

2017-05-02T07:18:14+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|

While the Americans with Disabilities Act does not specify how access should be provided to the disabled in most situations, proactive companies have for some time been turning to already-available customer-facing "assistive technologies" that meet the need. In light of recent court settlements on behalf of disabled individuals their use might be evolving from voluntary

Five of the best Alzheimer’s blogs

2017-04-10T08:24:58+00:00 April 18th, 2017|

According to the Alzheimer's Association, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's disease every 66 seconds. Due to the rising population in the U.S. of people aged 65 and older, the number of new cases of Alzheimer's and other dementias is set to soar. Alzheimer's is a progressive and irreversible brain disorder. The disease slowly destroys

A Microwave Helmet May Help Diagnose Traumatic Brain Injury

2017-04-10T08:19:57+00:00 April 16th, 2017|

Whether from sports, car crashes or military service, traumatic brain injuries are prevalent and dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 percent of deaths due to injury feature TBIs. In 2013, that amounted to nearly 50,000 deaths in the United States. Some TBIs, especially the more severe ones, are characterized by

Scientists seek early signs of autism

2017-04-10T08:16:35+00:00 April 14th, 2017|

Soon after systems biologist Juergen Hahn published a paper describing a way to predict whether a child has autism from a blood sample, the notes from parents began arriving. “I have a bunch of parents writing me now who want to test their kids,” says Hahn, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. “I can’t

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