Implant for Spinal Cord Injury May Help Paralyzed Walk Again

New implant developed by EPFL researchers can be directly applied to the spinal cord without causing damage and inflammation.

Spinal cord implant that mimics living nervous tissue

Spinal cord implant that mimics living nervous tissue

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) neural implant that has helped paralyzed rats walk again, may soon start human trials. e-Dura, is a new generation device that combines electrical and chemical stimulation. Soft and stretchable, it is the first implant of its kind that can be inserted directly on the spinal chord, without damaging it.

Horizon All-Terrain E-Trike

outriderhorizonOutrider‘s latest e-Trike is gearing up to get paraplegics, quadriplegics and others with disabilities wheeling over pavement and dirt. Outrider’s goal is to develop a production trike that can be powered by peddling with the legs or hands or the Horizon can be powered entirely with an electric hub motor.

The Adaptive Trikes branch of Outrider was created to quench that thirst for adventure – offering adapted use trikes for individuals and groups built with the same high-performance and craftsmanship that has made Outrider a leader in the electric bike industry.

Controls: Standard Handles or Tri-Pin handles (if you have limited use of your hands)
Pedals: Foot Pedals, Hand Pedals, or Foot Tray
Additional features that increase accessibility for individuals with physical disabilities:

  • Actuated Seat (rising) to make getting in and out of the seat easier
  • Fold down handlebars for side entry to the seat
  • Three wheels and low center of gravity make balancing simple

Upsee Harness Helps Physically Impaired Children Walk

Upsee HarnessUpsee was invented by a mother that wanted to give her wheelchair-bound son the chance to walk. The harness has been launched worldwide by Firefly, a company based in Northern Ireland, with aims to transform the lives of countless disabled children. Mrs Elnatan, a music therapist, came up with the concept to help her young son Rotem, who has cerebral palsy.

Join therapists and parents from around the world for a live discussion on Upsee, the mobility innovation helping disabled children experience the benefits of walking at:

Robot Prosthesis Leg

robolegResearchers at Michigan Technological University are developing a computer-controlled leg with an ankle providing two degrees of motion allowing the foot roll from side to side, allowing for a more natural gait.

The current version of the prosthesis incorporates pressure sensors on its bottom surface that detect how the user is walking, and transmits this information to a microprocessor. The leg responds instantaneously by adjusting the angle of the foot via the ankle joint, to facilitate a more stable, natural gait.

This mechanical, computer controlled prosthesis was created by mechanical engineer Prof. Mo Rastgaar and PhD student Evandro Ficanha.

The final version will be lighter than similar products, as the microprocessor and motors will be contained in a backpack. A housed steel cable will control the ankle’s movements from the backpack, similar to how breaks are controlled on a bicycle.

Navigo – Compass Bracelet

Navigo, a digital vibrating compass bracelet for the directional impaired. Like a compass has four points, Navigo has four functions:

  1. compass
  2. navigation
  3. proximity
  4. time piece

With all that information on your wrist, you’ll always be heading in the right direction. The bracelet communicates with you through vibration, to guide you according to the selected function. In compass mode, the bracelet will vibrate to point you North, allowing you to finally get that sense of direction you failed to learn while in the Cub Scouts! In proximity mode, Navigo will lead you to a pre-set location, or even another designated Navigo wearer.

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The Bradley: A Tactile Watch for the Visually Impaired

An innovative fashion watch that everyone, including the blind, can touch to tell time. Telling time shouldn’t require vision.

Instead of traditional watch hands, time is indicated by two ball bearings — one indicating minutes (top), and one indicating hours (side).

These two ball bearings are connected, with magnets, to a watch movement beneath the watch face.The magnets make it so that even if the ball bearings are moved when touched, they spring back to the correct time with a gentle shake of your wrist.

Wheelchair Auto

Designed by the Hungarian company Rehab, the Kenguru is a car that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The back flip opens up and the wheelchair pulls right inside. Using a joystick controller to steer the vehicle provides a very simple and highly accessible transportation option for disabled users.

Rear wheel belt drive, with 2 Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors for each wheel
Performance: 2Kw/150Nm per
Motor Operating Voltage: 32V AC
Vehicle Supply Voltage: 48V DC
Brushless internal Rotor
Running Gear
Independent double wishbone wheel suspensing in the front
Twin single sided swingarms in the back
Shock absorber with adjustable preload
4 hydraulic disc brakes
Electro-mechanical parking brake
Locking brake operating on the front wheels
Rimsize: 12*2, 2
Wheelsize: 12×2.2 inches
Tire size: 100/ 90-12

Proloquo2Go Touch-To-Speak

Proloquo2Go costs $189.99 and converts an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a complete touch-to-speak tool for those that can’t use their voice. Proloquo2Go provides natural sounding text-to-speech voices (CURRENTLY AMERICAN, BRITISH, AUSTRALIAN, and INDIAN ENGLISH ONLY), a high resolution library of over 14,000 symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, two researched-based vocabulary organizations, advanced word prediction, multiuser support, and the ability to fully customize vocabularies for users along a broad continuum of abilities, from beginning symbolic communication to full literacy.