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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

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

FDA Approves At Home Genetic Testing For Alzheimer’s Risk

2017-04-10T08:14:32+00:00 April 12th, 2017|

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Genetic testing. At home. The FDA has given the green light to an at-home test that can detect a genetic risk for a number of diseases including Alzheimer Disease. There is no specific cause for the disease and there is no cure. So would you want to know? “Yes,” says Penny Howie

Blind leading the blind to new heights in accessibility of personal devices

2017-04-10T10:15:22+00:00 April 10th, 2017|

"It’s never been a better time to be blind,” says a blind engineer at the SAS Institute. Siri, what was life like for the blind before you? Apple Inc.’s virtual assistant might not have an answer for that question, but Ed Summers does. “It’s radically different than it was fifteen, even just ten years ago,”

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