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Robotic wheelchairs may soon be able to move through crowds smoothly and safely. As part of CrowdBot, EPFL researchers are exploring the technical, ethical and safety issues related to this kind of technology. The aim of the project is to eventually help the disabled get around more easily.

Control for wheelchair robots to mitigate risk of collision in crowds

Clinical work begins with MagTrack, a cutting-edge assistive technology that enables power wheelchair users to control their connected devices and drive their power wheelchairs using an alternative, multimodal controller.

MagTrack Technology Opens Doors for Independent Operation of Smartphones, Computers, and Other Devices for Wheelchair Users

A system developed by Grégoire Courtine and Jocelyne Bloch now enables patients with a complete spinal cord injury to stand, walk and even perform recreational activities like swimming, cycling and canoeing.

New implant offers promise for the paralyzed

Under severe occlusions, the method has outperformed all the existing state-of-the-art methods both quantitively and qualitatively.

Will this method help you to estimate  egocentric 3D human pose for computer vision?

In this episode, we talk about how a new wearable device can combat fatigue and how monitoring BAC via sweat can be a new use case for wearables.

Podcast: Wearables For Combating Fatigue & Monitoring Alcohol Consumption

Fatigue, due to extended periods of work and insufficient rest, can impair job performance, situation awareness and decision-making capabilities, even when it’s needed most.

Energizing the brain: Combating worker fatigue using wearable neurotechnology

Image analysis tools can make diagnosis and planning more efficient for implantation of the advanced hearing aid cochlear implant.

AI to help doctors treat deafness

Student team HART has developed a wearable device in the form of a smart sleeve that can convert text - in any language - into vibrations. Through these vibrations, it is possible to understand any foreign language.

Students reveal smart sleeve that lets you feel and understand any foreign language

In manufacturing, work-related lower-back injuries from lifting and handling heavy objects account for approximately $100 billion in medical bills annually in the United States, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Increased cognitive demands offset exoskeleton advantages, research finds

In this episode, we talk about a blind cane from Stanford University that borrows self-driving tech to increase the mobility of visually-impaired people by 20% as well as an effort from Texas A&M to develop enhanced touchscreens which will enable users to feel textures on their smart devices.

Podcast: The Tesla of Blind Canes

The cane, incorporating sensing and way-finding approaches from robotics and self-driving vehicles, could reshape life for people who are blind or sight impaired.

Researchers Build 400 USD Self-Navigating Smart Cane

Most upper-limb amputations are traumatic in origin, and 94% occur at the fingers and metacarpals. Naked Prosthetics is the manufacturer behind custom, durable, functional finger prostheses specifically for partial hand amputees.

Naked Prosthetics: Functional devices for finger amputees

Researchers at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently found that deaf and hard-of-hearing users regularly use smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri in homes, workplaces and mobile devices.

Study suggests smart assistant design improvements for deaf users

Researchers have developed a chip that is powered wirelessly and can be surgically implanted to read neural signals and stimulate the brain with both light and electrical current. The technology has been demonstrated successfully in rats and is designed for use as a research tool.

For Neural Research, Wireless Chip Shines Light on the Brain

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