Rock Vibe – Accessible Gaming

“Rock Vibe makes it possible for blind and sighted gamers to play a musical rhythm game on their PCs or Macs. It’s one of the first games of its kind, and once the game is complete, several 2-player Rock Vibes will be donated to organizations that work with blind children. Today, Rock Vibe needs your help, so its development can be completed.”

Support Rock Vibe on Kickstarter! (This project will only be funded if at least $16.500 is pledged by tomorrow – saturday Feb 25, 10:24pm EST!!!)

WHILL – Snap-On Powered Wheelchair System

Add electric drive to any ordinary, manual wheelchair with the WHILL snap-on wheels. Using this new concept, manual wheelchairs can reach top speeds of over 12 mph/19 kmh.

WHILL is an aftermarket device with two circular hubs that fit over the outside of the wheelchair’s wheels are connected by a curved bar. Direction and speed is adjusted by operating the curved control section that connects the two hubs.

After locking the hubs onto the wheels, the user steers the chair by leaning and pushing against the central waist bar. Each hub has a 24-volt motor powered by a lithium-ion battery, which helps the wheels turn and move. The battery will allow a range of approximately 19 miles/30 kilometers before requiring a 2-hour charge.

The Japan based WHILL company, is currently looking for wheelchair users to help field test the prototype device. Feedback from test users will influence the design of the final, commercial product.

Kinetically Charged Wheelchair For Safer Night Riding

This smart, self-powered wheelchair concept uses kinetic wheel motion to produce and store electricity that is used to light LED lights at night.

Electric coil and magnets in the wheel hub generate electricity

The wheels that generated the electricity during the day, help provide a safer–if not more stylish–journey at night.

The concept was designed by a group of South Korean designers, including Min-Goo Kim, Yun-Jin Chang and Su-Eun Park.

  1. LED: it emits light.
  2. Wheel cover: it protects all LEDS from the outside environment.
  3. Magnet: it helps generate electricity while rolling
  4. Coil: it conveys electric power through wires to the switch and LEDs
  5. Gear: is is like a bridge between the wheel and magnet
  6. Small cover: it protects an independent electric power plant
  7. LCD: it shows how much power is remaining

i-limb Ultra Prosthetic Hand

The i-limb ultra by Touch Bionics, is a prosthetic hand is designed for those who want more from a prosthesis.

The i-LIMB Ultra looks and moves more like a natural hand than many powered prosthetic hands currently on the market. Each finger moves independently and bends at the natural joints so that it can accurately adapt to fit around the shape of the object you want to grasp. It has five individually powered articulating fingers and manually rotatable thumb and wrist, plus exercising strength proportional to the input signal with pulsing for increased grip force.

Skin coverings

i-limb skin active is a thin layer of semi-transparent, flesh colored or black material that has been computer-modeled to accurately wrap to every contour of the hand. i-limb skin active is designed for simplicity and ease of use.

i-limb skin natural is a lifelike covering that gives a more cosmetic appearance. i-limb skin natural is vailable in ten different skin shades for both genders.

i-limb skin match is the most realistic covering option possible. For i-lim skin match, the silicon skin is hand painted to exactly match the user’s skin tone and features… or a more creative, artistic design.

Modiv – Elevated Wheelchair Concept

Modiv is a electric wheelchair design concept by Jake Eadie. It is specifically designed for paraplegics and aims to increase mobility and access, making it easier for wheelchair users preform the simple acts of shopping and socialising.

In the standing mode, the chair enables eye to eye conversation and increased public access. Greater distance travel is possible in the seated mode. Modiv enables it’s users to become more integrated in the community, bolsters self confidence and self esteem and provides much greater manoeuvrability and access to public facilities.

More details on the Modiv Wheelhair Concept.

eLegs by Berkely Bionics

New exoskeleton called eLegs by Berkely Bionics will people who are confined to a wheelchair the possibility of walking again, assisted by crutches. eLegs has been listed as one of the best 50 inventions of 2010 by Time Magazine.

Trials will begin next year at Valley Medical Rehabilitation Center in San Jose:

Valley Medical Center is the public hospital of Santa Clara County, and provides care to more children and adults than any other hospital in Silicon Valley. Our mission is unique – to treat everyone regardless of ability to pay.

Berkeley Bionics has also built The HULC, a completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton military exoskeleton for Lockheed Martin.