Other Assistive Technology

Japanese Mobility Devices

The Japanese have embraced technology to assist the elderly with mobility. Below are two such devices that Henry (via Beam) and Steve saw at the International Robot Exhibition (iRex) in November 2015.


Murata's Self Balancing Powered Walker is Perfect For the Elderly and Super Lazy.

The Resyone bed splits into a wheelchair, vastly simplifying the problem of transfer from bed to wheelchair.

16 Jan 2016

Whiskey Bot: Robots for Humanity Project – YouTube

Whiskey Bot: Robots for Humanity Project – YouTube.

15 Jul 2015

AUTOTREAT

Henry Evans, a mute quadriplegic, was unable to interact with his dog, Amber. An Australian High School Robotics class offered to build him a remote controlled electric dog feeder he could control with his head…

Amber, you are one lucky dog!

10 Sep 2014

Quad Rock

Henry Evans is really enjoying his new-found control of his bed. His nephew, Henry Clever, built an interface that allows Henry to control all of his bed’s adjustments from his computer, instead of from the hand-held remote. In this video he uses his automatic bed to dance.

 

01 Aug 2014

Podcasts: Beyond Human

The Stanford Storytelling Project focuses on how to tell a good story. In Episode 419: Beyond Human [scroll down to story 1], they interview Henry Evans and talk about how technology can enhance our lives, especially if we’re disabled.

20 May 2014

Quadriplegic racer will drive a Corvette using only his head

Quadriplegic racer will drive a Corvette using only his head.

15 May 2014

Dean Kamen’s “Luke Arm” Prosthesis Receives FDA Approval

The force is strong with Dean Kamen. His "Luke Arm" prosthesis just received FDA Approval.

14 May 2014

Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech turns wheels into legs and climbs over steps

Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech turns wheels into legs and climbs over steps #DigInfo – YouTube.

10 May 2014

V-LINC – Providing Independence through Technology

Nathan Scott of Johns Hopkins University just pointed me to V-LINC – Providing Independence through Technology, an organization that links retired engineers with persons with disabilities in Maryland.

One interesting example project sponsored by V-LINC is a Johns Hopkins Senior Design project: Antoinette’s Dining Assistant.

13 Mar 2014