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Robert “Buz” Chmielewski is a quadriplegic man who lost control over his limbs 30 years ago because of a skiing accident as a teenager.  Just recently, with the help of a team working on restoring movement in limbs to people with spinal cord injuries, he was able to command a pair of prosthetic limb…
6 days ago · From Assistive Technology Blog
When Tyler Skluzacek’s father Patrick came back from Iraq in 2007 after serving in the military, his life completely changed. Because of PTSD, he would have vivid and terrible nightmares every night. The only way he could sleep was with the help of vodka and pills. As an undergrad at Macalester C…
14 days ago · From Assistive Technology Blog
Did you know that hearing aids were one of the first products to use 3D printing for mass production? 3D printing can really enable customers to get custom fitted hearing aids for themselves that are comfortable to wear. However, one prominent issue with hearing aids is that prolonged use can cause …
15.12.2020 · From Assistive Technology Blog
A couple of years ago, Google released an Android app that provides a hands free experience by letting people navigate through different apps on the phone using Google Assistant. Voice Access allowed users to perform various actions using just their voice, including but not limited to composing and …
08.12.2020 · From Assistive Technology Blog
Prior to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, people with developmental disabilities have historically been disproportionately impacted by mental health issues compared to those without disabilities.  According to the Center for Disease Control, 17.4 million adults with disabilities experience frequent …
01.12.2020 · From Assistive Technology Blog
Many of us experience lower back pain in our lifetime because of short or long term disabilities, or poor posture. Lower back pain is never fun, and prevents a lot of us from being active and enjoying what we love. Better back wants to change all of that by helping us regain good posture and alle…
17.11.2020 · From Assistive Technology Blog
Natasha Lambert has been fascinated by sailing since the age of 9. She was a little disappointed when she learned that she wouldn’t be able to sail on her own because of her quadriplegic cerebral palsy since it affects her movement and ability to communicate.  Seeing his daughter’s interest in saili…
10.11.2020 · From Assistive Technology Blog
Leo Rodgers is a tall, athletic man living in the Tampa area. He works at a bicycle shop and loves to take his bike everywhere. What’s really unique about his bike is that it doesn’t have a pedal or crank arm on the left side. As an amputee with just one leg, his right one, Leo doesn’t need anything…
04.11.2020 · From Assistive Technology Blog
What are a blind person’s options if they need a guide dog but cannot afford one? Can they get a robot instead? Anthony Camu, a student at Loughborough University, has recently designed a hand held product that more or less acts as a guide dog and helps blind people navigate to their destinations wi…
27.10.2020 · From Assistive Technology Blog
Tinnitus, the condition that causes constant ringing or buzzing in the ears, has been mysterious for a very long time. Recently, scientists learned that shocking the tongue can reduce its symptoms for a prolonged period of time. Biomedical engineer Hubert Lim found this by accident. While experim…
20.10.2020 · From Assistive Technology Blog