Smart Baby Buggy
The Smart Baby Buggy is a sensored baby stroller specifically designed for parents who are blind or visually impaired. Ramona Williams, a woman who is visually impaired, and a team of students from the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, came together to create a stroller that can sense its surroundings and send the user audible and haptic feedback through its handlebar and the accompanying mobile app.
Ami-Go is a mobile application and wristband device for people who are blind or who have low vision to alert them anytime a friends is nearby. It provides haptic feedback to users to help find their friends, family, and co-workers in public spaces so they can initiate a conversation on a more independent basis.
Samsung's Blind Cap
Samsung’s Blind Cap is a swimming cap specifically designed to alert swimmers who are blind or visually impaired of the approaching pool wall. This wearable navigation aid works in conjunction with the Blind Cap mobile app, which can be downloaded on a Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch or any Android phone (not included), and synchronized to the Blind Cap via Bluetooth. It also requires the assistance of a sighted individual (coach) who can track the swimmer’s progress down the pool lane. If the swimme
Chair Call is an app designed for wheelchair users to call a wheelchair to ones' bedside or back out of the way - clearing space for visitors.
Smartbe Intelligent Stroller
Smartbe is an intelligent self-driving stroller. This equipment can be controlled through the user’s Android or IOS smartphone or smartwatch, so it may be beneficial to parents who are blind or visually impaired. Smartbe has a motion tracking sensor system that will monitor the user’s movements and move when he or she moves and stop when he stops. It also has sensors that can detect and maneuver around obstacles in the user’s path. Smartbe has battery-powered electric engines that propel it forw
Ran's Leg Support
Ran's Leg Support is an electronic support system designed to alert a user when he has too much pressure on his leg, saving him from severe pain and further injury. It is designed to hlep users to feel whether or not they should adjust their leg brace. It is a leg sensor and phone app to alert.
BrainAble was developed by a multi-disciplinary team of therapists, researchers and engineers on the frontier of neuroscience, signal processing, assistive technologies and automatic learning and is already having an impact on the growing market of accessible, inclusive and assistive products from an innovative perspective. BrainAble has demonstrated the benefits that advanced technologies bring to people with physical disabilities so severe that they cannot interact with their environment (home
Hubless Wheelchair is designed for individuals with limited mobility in their lower extremities as a result of a spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy or spina bifida. Inspired by the hubless motorcycles and bicycles, designer Jonathan O’Conner has designed a ‘hubless wheelchair’ that will make commuting effortless. Intended for young and active disabled individuals, the hubless wheelchair comes with a supportive mesh fabric seat suspended on a lightweight carbon fiber frame. The pushrim, extends
A Pen for Parkinson’s
A Pen for Parkinson’s is designed for use by individuals with tremors in their upper extremities associated with the central nervous system that impact motor performance such as Parkinson’s disease. Dopa Solution’s ARC is designed for people who present with cramping and pain during writing. The pen features a high-frequency vibration motor that stimulates muscles in the hand while also reducing the effort required to move the pen across the paper.
The A2B Tricycle is an adapted cycle designed for children with disabilities to play, promote independence, muscle development, and to encourage physical activity among kids suffering from neurological or muscular disorders.
Robot Chef is a prototype chef that is capable of producing meals from a collection of over 2,000 recipes. It can be used by individuals with limited upper extremity and lower extremity strength, coordination and endurance associated with arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke or spinal cord injury. Robot Chef uses natural motions learned from Tim Anderson, a human chef and winner of the BBC's MasterChef competition in 2011. The hands are produced by Shadow Robot Company.
ILJA Gaze Interaction Game
ILJA Gaze Interaction Game features next generation active multi modal user interaction with active gaze control allowing the gamers to turn, jump, select weapons, and shoot by integrating the player’s gaze into targeting and directing actions. It is designed for use by users with limited motor control and strength in their upper and lower extremities associated with spinal cord injuries, stroke or muscular dystrophy. The game is powered by SMI's RED-n remote eye tracker. It was designed to
E4 Wristband Sensors is designed for individuals for who need to monitor their heart rate and peripheral skin temperate as a result of heart disease and stress levels associated with asthma, obesity, deression, and gastrointestinal dieases. The E4 wristband stores data in its internal memory. The data are later downloaded via USB through the Empatica Manager for Windows and Mac. The E4 wristband connects to a mobile or desktop computer via Bluetooth for live streaming and viewing of data.
Autonomous Toileting Assistive Device
PROTOTYPE -- Autonomous Toileting Assistive Device is a prototype designed for use by individuals with severe upper arm deformities and minimal grasping capabilities to promote independence in self-cleaning following a bowel movement. The purpose is to create a discrete device that can be concealed and mimic the natural wiping motion. The device is placed on the lip of a toilet such that the client can wipe across a foam wedge with a wet wipe that he/she independently places atop the wedge. The
PROTOTYPE------Walkman is a prototype designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. Walkman is a wearable assistive technology created to aid a person who is blind walk without bumping into obstacles. It uses sonar sensor to detect obstacles in a user’s path and provide haptic feedback about the obstacles ahead.
PROTOTYPE------Handshake is an android app that helps bicyclists with cognitive and learning disabilities navigate without having to look at their phones. It does so by providing haptic feedback for turn-by-turn navigation. The user enters the start and destination address in the app. The app then gets data from Google navigation APIs and parses out the geo-coordinates for each turn. The phones GPS is also being sampled with every location update. If the phone GPS is less than 5 meters of a turn
3D Soundscape Technology
PROTOTYPE------3D Soundscape Technology is designed for use by individuals who are blind and have low vision during naviation of an urban environment. The assistive technology relies on three components: a smartphone, a bone conductive headset that rests over the users ears (see image at top), and Bluetooth beacons placed throughout the city or suburb.
PROTOTYPE-----Access4Kids an assistive input device that enables access to rehabilitation apps for children with limited upper-body motor control. The wireless device utilizes a sensor system that translates any physically possible body press/swipe movements into fine-motor control gestures. Access4Kids, coupled with a supporting software library, enables control of off-the-shelf apps or control of custom-made apps to facilitate the delivery of effective therapy opportunities for children with m
PROTOTYPE-----Nephrostomy Catheter is designed for use by pediatric urologists to obtain their own nephrostomy access during the kidney stone removal procedure. This technique for nephrostomy creation has an urologist advance a puncture wire through the working channel of a flexible ureteroscope and out of the kidney. Early data suggests dramatic reductions in radiation exposure, shorter learning curve, and less bleeding.
Onesie for Battery-less Wireless Pediatric ECG Monitoring
PROTOTYPE-----Onesie for Battery-less Wireless Pediatric ECG Monitoring is designed to provided constant physiological monitoring via a flexible, battery-less device that snaps inside the garment. This miniaturized device will be powered by body heat whenever it is worn, continuously collect medical grade ECG, monitor for cardiac arrhythmias, and wirelessly communicate with a smart phone. This product will facilitate unobtrusive, continuous monitoring of infants for diagnosis and treatment of he
PROTOTYPE------The Endopyloric Tool is a balloon catheter used along with a pediatric endoscope design to provide non-invasive treatment for infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis. This device will dilate the hypertrophied pyloric muscle in a controlled and safe manner resulting in the relief of the gastric obstruction without surgery. Three of the major complications associated with the current surgical procedure are a direct result of creating an opening in the body to relieve the stenosis. W
PROTOTYPE-----Pediatric FlexView is a channeled video laryngoscope with an articulating distal section and a flexible design that increases functionality as well as comfort for the pediatric patient. For use in even remote locations such as the delivery suite or intensive care unit, Pediatric FlexView incorporates a lightweight design, slim insertion profile, anti-fog capability, the ability to conform to patient anatomy, and a disposable sheath. Articulation allows vertical compensation not see
Implant for Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip
PROTOTYPE-----Implant for Cleft Palate and Cleft Lip is a surgically placed cleft implant designed to act as a pressure flap to allow for the negative pressures required for sucking as well as the positive pressures required for speech consonants. The implant overcomes the problems with existing implants by creating sufficient pressure sealing, fixation to the bony palate, and a loosely connected “free” edge to allow for growth. The implant is made from Salubria, a strong hydrogel patented by GT
PROTOTYPE-----SurTube™ is a nonradiographic system of differentiating the respiratory, gastric, small bowel, or esophageal location of a feeding tube when placed in a patient. Using an optical method, the SurTube™ system allows the feeding tube to be located during placement and maintenance checks to ensure correct placement or information to manipulate an incorrect placement without exposing the patient to repeated harmful x-rays and decreasing the number of feeding tube adverse events due to m
Virtual Pediatric Assistant
PROTOTYPE-----The Pediatric Virtual Medical Assistant is designed to monitor infant heart and respiratory rates. It can be placed above, below, or next to a bed that emits nonionizing pulses, 20 million times weaker than a cell phone, to provide critical “spot” and “trend” data to a nurse’s station, tablet, cell phone or pager, or to a database such as an electronic medical record. Its built-in management tools could monitor patient status continuously and include alerts for deteriorating heart
AnemoCheck is a point-of-care, patient-operated, self-contained, disposable, diagnostic test for anemia. Each AnemoCheck test kit enables patients to check hemoglobin levels by simply pricking their finger to draw 5 µL of blood into a capillary tube, inserting that tube into a larger tube with a pre-filled chemical solution, mixing, waiting one minute, and assessing the color change of the solution using a reference color scale card included with the kit. Ideally, the test would be able to subje
Hand Sanitizer Compliance Device
Hand Sanitizer Compliance Device is designed to improve and monitor hand sanitizer compliance among providers with an audio recording reminder and compliance tracking feature. It is a low cost and customizable solution to this problem, and has the potential to reduce the costs associated with both treating hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and compliance monitoring that is required for accreditation bodies.
Dissolving Stent is a bioabsorbable stent designed to treat obstructions in blood vessels of pediatric patients that provides the benefit of stenting and removes the risks associated with a permanent implant (i.e., the need to re-intervene and the long term clinical management of the patient). The development of a bioabsorbable stent system for the treatment of PAS represents a shift in modification of adult product for use in pediatrics to development of a novel system specifically designed for
Social Robot with Emotion and Memory
Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire have developed a prototype of a social robot that can support independent living for the elderly, while working in partnership with their relatives or caregivers. The robot uses a state of the art service platform called Care-O-bot® 3 and works within a smart-home environment. A team of nine partner institutions from across five European countries are part of a project called Acceptable RobotiCs COMPanions for AgeiNg Years (ACCOMPANY). Over the past
PneumoKazoo is a tool designed to detect pneumonia. PneumoniaCheck uses fluid mechanics to separate the upper airway particles from the lower airway particles. The separation means that only a lung specimen is captured on the filter at the end of the device. This filter can then be analyzed using traditional microbiology methods or more sensitive molecular DNA analysis to identify the specific pathogen causing pneumonia, or other lower respiratory infections. The ability to identify the specific
Handy Eye Chart
The Handy Eye Chart™ uses optotypes consisting of hand gesture symbols instead of letters, and children can use their own hands to replicate the gesture to indicate recognition of the optotypes. Previous research has shown that the chart is a valid test of visual acuity in children ages 6 to 18. Now, researchers are embarking on a research strategy to modify the chart for use in young children ages 2 to 5. The isolated optotypes will be presented using an ipad application, that will simultaneous
Hydrogel Device for Controlling Cranial Suture Closure
The hydrogel device is designed to delay regrowth of bone in the suture following surgical intervention for craniosynostosis, and provides the ability to create a functioning suture much like the natural and normal state of calvarial sutures at the age of an infant. The device is an injectable hydrogel that spontaneously polymerizes in situ and can be used at the time of the original surgery or delivered percutaneously after surgery. The hydrogel will provide a dramatic reduction in the invasive
CellScope Oto (formerly known as Remotoscope)
CellScope Oto™ (formerly known as Remotoscope) is a smartphone otoscope system. A simple clip-on system converts a standard smartphone into a digital otoscope with data transmission that enables diagnosis by a remote physician. With high-quality imaging and the ubiquity of wireless communication, a smartphone otoscope presents a cost effective and medically sound solution.
Words in the mouth: CSU device lets you hear with your tongue
------PROTOTYPE-----Words in the mouth: CSU device allows user to hear with their tongue. Researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) are developing a hearing device that bypasses the ear and puts words in the mouth. The technology relies on a Bluetooth-enabled earpiece to detect sound and send electrical impulses to an electrode-packed retainer that wearers press their tongue against to “hear".
3D printed wheelchair Hand Drive
The Hand Drive wheelchair attachment is a prototype that can be attached to any wheelchair and allows it to be powered in a rowing motion. It is an example of open source product design created by Boston-based Kate Reed, an avid unicyclist and street performer and her partner Nathaniel Tong, a competitive fencer and entrepreneur. The attachment was developed for use with existing wheelchair designs.
Vi Fit is designed for use by individuals who are visual impaired. It is geared for children with visual impairments that tend to exhibit lower performance in motor skills, lower levels of physical activity and fitness, and higher levels of obesity. Exergames are video games that use physical activity as input and which have the potential to change sedentary lifestyles and associated health problems such as obesity. The VI Fit research project seeks to explore how exergames can be developed that
RoboDesk is designed for use by individuals who use a wheelchair for mobility to provide an efficient and easy-to-use method to access an iPad or other mobile device without being limited by environmental obstacles such as tables.
Sensory Fiction is designed for use by individuals with sensory processing disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. It is a project from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which enables authors to provide their readers with physical feedback and sensations while they’re in the process of turning the pages. It combines a vest harness with a smartbook that can send over commands and light up on cue. For example, the Sensory Fiction prototype is
Finger-mounted reading device for the blind
Finger-mounted reading device for the blind is designed for use by individuals who have low vision or are blind. Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory have built a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. The device provides feedback — either tactile or audible — that guides the user’s finger along a line of text, and the system generates the corresponding audio in real time.
All Mountain Wheel Chair
All Mountain Wheel Chair is designed to meet the travel needs of a person with reduced motor skills in their lower limbs as a result of a spinal cord injury, stroke or cerebral palsy. This chair combines the qualities of a common wheelchair with a sport chair. An additional point of support is provided by the rear wheel. The front wheels measure 26 inches. It has a suspension system that adapts to the weight of the user, and a regulator of camber in the front wheels. The armchair is construc
The Ogo is a wheelchair designed for use by individuals limited lower extremity mobility associated with a spinal cord injury or other neurological disorders. The Ogo is equipped with active moving seat control, which makes it intuitive to use and hands free. The users use their core muscles and lean in the direction they want to travel, thus moving the chair in the desired direction. By changing the wheels, the user can travel on various terrains such as the beach.
Grabber was designed to be used by people who use their mouth to pick up items — its goal, simply, is to grab stuff and move it around the house. It combines 3D printed parts based on a pincer and a mouth guard, with a spring mechanism to clench items, but between prototypes the team realized they had a problem. They had designed it so that when the user bites down, it opens the grabber, thinking this way it would mean less jaw work. But in testing, they realized, if you release your jaw to grab
Team Smart Ass is designed for use by individuals who are at risk or have pressure sores. Smart Ass is a pressure sensing mat to fit under the seat of a wheelchair. Each prong of the 3D printed X sits atop a pressure sensor, while running through an Arduino. It connects to an app, which shows the pressure in darkening shades of red, indicating both where pressure points may occur, but also encouraging the user to move when one sector has seen pressure for too long. Future iterations could inclu
Carry Crutches are for use by individuals who use crutches to for ambulation. It is 3D printed a mechanical gimbal designed for carrying drinks on crutches. In addition, the designers developed a computer-controlled version, which uses a battery, two servos, an Arduino Uno and a MPU-6050 gyro and accelerometer sensor. A third variation included a laser-cut tray with holes for cups and utensils.
Beity is a trauma management kit designed for use by children who have experienced as traumatic life event. It is portable, solar powered, and uses psychiatrist-consulted content like guided audio meditation to mitigate stress response. Simple augmented reality toys — like a fish that appears in the meditation — go with the laser-cut structure, which looks like a dollhouse. Yes, you could run it on an iPad, but it was important for the device to have no retail value. Inside, content is loaded o
Braille Sol is designed for use by individuals who are blind. Braille translation programs exist, but team Braille Sol wanted to make a haptic device that allows greater control of a phone or tablet. The Arduino Uno at the heart of the device can be connected via Bluetooth or serial port, and the pins are actuated by solenoids.
Bare Conductive is an East London engineering and designing studio. They developed a digital musical instrument accessible to everyone, including those with physical disabilities. The new technology allows an artist to express himself freely through music, regardless of physical limitations. It is one of the first instruments that is accessible for all people, enabling everyone to experience the healing power of music. This instrument was built using Bare Conductive’s Touch Board and Electric Pa
Foot Pedals for Hands Free DSLR Photography
Foot Pedals for Hands Free DSLR Photography is designed for use by individuals with upper extremity amputations and grasping disabilities associated with stroke, spinal cord injuries and upper motor neuron disorders.
Wheelchair Modern foldable wheelchair
Modern wheelchair by Art Up is a prototype designed for use by individuals with limited lower extremity mobility as a result of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or cerebral palsy. Users can navigate their environment by using their arms to move the extended handlebars to move the wheels. This wheelchair is also foldable for storage.
Babylandia is a prototype designed for use by children with limited upper and lower extremity strength and coordination as a result of cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, congenital brain malformations, and spinal muscular atrophy. It is a wheelchair seat that can be expanded to fit the needs of a growing child.
Galileo Stair Climbing Wheelchair
Galileo Stair Climbing Wheelchair is designed for use by individuals with limited lower extremity mobility associated with spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injury or multiple sclerosis. Galileo Wheelchair allows the user to assume a variety of positions such as standing, reclining, being lowered to the ground as well as being elevated. It can also assist users with entry to vehicles without requiring additional vehicle modifications. In addition, it can be used for both indoor a
Vertis by Heartway Medical
Vertis by Heartway Medical is a prototype designed for use by individuals with limited lower extremity strength and mobility as a result of cerebral palsy, brain tumors, spinal muscular atrophy or multiple sclerosis. It moves the users from a sitting to standing position for social interaction and environmental access.
Well Chair is designed for use by individuals with limited lower extremity strength and mobility as a result of a brain tumor, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy. Well Chair is a product, of which the main purpose is to reduce the difference in mind between users and non-users. It is designed to reduce the users feelings of isolation and enhance awareness that Well Chair can be used for medical support as well as a piece of furniture.
Neilson Navarette Assistive Seat
The Assistive Seat designed by Neilson is inspired by the Audi R8. It is designed for use by individuals with limited lower extremity strength, mobility and coordination as a result of cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, or traumatic brain injury. The design features three wheels, two on the side and a free-floating rear wheel used to maneuver the chair. Neilson Navarette reduced the weight by adding with low-profile tires and by adding a smaller electric engine; the lighter engine a
Evolution One Beautiful Wheel Chair
Evolution One Beautiful Wheel Chair is designed for individuals with limited lower extremity strength and coordination as a result of cerebral palsy or a spinal cord injury. These chairs are made by a Swiss design team, Emosign. This wheelchair is a stylish piece of furniture that combines a wheel with a chair. The user can customize their chair by picking from a range of wheels (18-to-19 inches), color and chrome rims.
Walking aid orthopedic device
Walking aid orthopedic device is a prototype model designed for adults with cerebral palsy. It is created by designer Luke Forward. Research on orthopedics and how it affects the movements of adults was done prior to the development of the first prototype. Emphasis was placed on weight reduction of the equipment to help people use it with ease, which explains the use of carbon.
Leapfrog Assistive Walker
Leapfrog Assistive Walker is a prototype designed for children ages 1.5 to 5 years of age with cerebral palsy. The Leapfrog Assistive Walker was created by the industrial designer Donn Koh. An automatic and intuitive gas spring transformation system has been fitted into this machine. When the child tries to sit down, weight is exerted turning the seat into the chair mode. When they stand up, the weight is lifted off the gas spring and the device goes into the walker mode. Using the automatic lif
Prototye Bicycle is designed for people with limit basic motor skills such as balance and strength associated with cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, and acquired brain injuries independently ride a bicycle. This bike supports riders by helping them balance the bike with minimum effort to operate while looking like a standard bicycle. This helps the rider gain the independence and confidence to ride a bicycle without assistance.
Eyeborg is designed for use by individuals with achromatopsia. It allows the user to experience color through sound. It is positioned on the user’s head at all times. The device translates the wavelengths of different colors into audible tones, then sends them to the inner ears via bone conduction. The Eyeborg can detect 360 different hues.
This Expanding Wheelchair is a wheelchair designed for children still growing. It expands as the user grows.
Leg Bag Emptier
SmartVision Navigation Prototype for Blind Users
The goal of the SmartVision Navigation Prototype for Blind Users is to develop a small, portable, and cheap yet intelligent and reliable system for assisting the blind and visually impaired while navigating autonomously, both in- and outdoor. The prototype addresses global navigation for going to some destiny, by following known landmarks stored in the GIS in combination with path optimisation, and local navigation with path and obstacle detection just beyond the reach of the white cane. The sys
A team of Purdue’s engineering students has created a device that helps children with autism develop language skills, a prototype device called HEARD, with the mission to help children with autism improve their independence and change the future for kids with autism. This handheld educational device helps children and other individuals with autism develop communication skills. With this device, children can communicate with others through pictures, using radio frequency identification cards or R
Talkitt is a voice to voice app prototype which aims to enable people with motor, speech, and language (i.e. cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?, autism, brain trauma) to overcome communication barriers, and to communicate spontaneously and naturally using their own voices. Talkitt works by interpreting an individual's pronunciation of words into understandable speech.
Eye Play the Piano
Eye Play the Piano is a system designed for the physically challenged to experience music. It is a system that allows a the user to play the piano without the use of the hands or arms. An eye-tracking device mounts on the user's head and allows them to select keys to play using eyesight, blinking, and head movements.
The Tread-Walk is a mobile device developed to let the elderly and disabled fulfill their mobility needs. It can also be used as a tool for rehabilitation and exercise for the disabled. It represents an amplified walking system from Waseda University Tokyo, Japan. Due to the self-driven treadmill, the user can walk naturally on it. It detects the walking speed of the person and increases it about 1.5-3 times as the driving velocity, thus expanding the activity area. There are safety sensors to a
HAL®for Medical Use - Lower Limb Model [European Model]
HAL®for Medical Use - Lower Limb Model [European Model] is a medical device for people who have disorders in the lower limb and people whose legs are weakening, to allow them movement in their lower body. It is made to aid people with limited mobility enhance their existing physical capabilities. Designed by Cyberdyne Corporation in Japan, and created to "upgrade the existing physical capabilities of the human body." Whenever individuals try to make a move, the brain sends nerve signals to the
The Mindwalker is an exoskeleton that is designed to help people with spinal cord injuries walk again by bypassing the damaged cord altogether. Designed in collaboration between several European countries, the Mindwalker uses brain-neural-computer interface (BNCI) technology, which can convert either EEG signals from the brain or EMG signals from the shoulder muscles to commands that control the exoskeleton attached to the legs. The “dry” technology created to read the EEG signals does not requi
The Urban Wheelchair
The Urban Wheelchair is a design in which the user can stand, supported in an upright position, while remaining in their wheelchair. The electric wheelchair concept has a lifting mechanism that brings users to a full upright position, putting them face-to-face for everyday tasks and conversations. Its hubless wheels have a tightly packed ball bearing system to reduce rolling resistance while two lithium batteries mounted on both sides of the seat generate power.
Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Contact Lens Prototype
The Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Contact Lens Prototype is designed for those in need of advanced augmentative and alternative communication, people with diabetes or epilepsy to allow it to measure blood glucose levels and brain waves.
Zizzy is a robot designed by way of 3D printing. Zizzy was designed to help users with limited mobility. The robot uses 3D printable pneumatic muscles made from Ninjaflex filament, and can move objects using 3D printed grippers.
Spectra - Speech-to-speech translation
The Spectra is an iPhone application for interactive speech-to-speech translation. The app is a prototype and is intended to help users with speech-to-speech translation is a complex task that involves automatically recognizing the input speech, translating the recognized speech, and, finally synthesizing the translated text in the target language. The Spectra comprises of an HMM-based large vocabulary continuous speech recognition (AT&T Watson Speech Recognizer), a phrase-based translation
The Pill Crush is designed for people who can't swallow or have difficulty crushing their pills and thus making it easier to consume it. The Pill Crush prototype is a portable medicine grinder that also functions as a syringe using a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer.
iEat: Independent Feeder
The iEat Independent Feeder prototype is intended for people with limited hand control, using a spoon, fork, or knife is a significant challenge. The device was manufactured out of just a few simple 3D printed parts, and is aiming to offer the disabled community a low-cost device to help aid the struggle that people with limited function within their hands often experience while eating with this simple, yet efficiently designed solution.
The SignLanguageGlove, a prototype that is not yet commercially available, is a wireless device that translates sign language gestures into visual letters or speech via a smartphone app or tablet device. The SignLanguageGlove is equipped with an accelerometer and five flex sensors that detect how you bend and twist your fingers while keeping track of how you orientate your hand as you sign. The device is intended to help sign language users communicate with the rest of the world.
The Pill Dispenser is a electronic device that enables individuals with limited movement to take pills independently. This product can run on a web server, which is used to setup dose times. Internet connection may be used for time synchronization. Doses can also be controlled by button display.
Adaptive/Assistive 3.5 mm Button
The Adaptive/Assistive 3.5 mm Button is a 3D printable AT button. This device interfaces with a 3.5 mm mono jack system. The device is intended for individuals with physical disabilities. AT buttons can be used for individuals with limited range of motion to control his or her environment. The buttons can be used to adapt toys and home appliances so that they can be actuated with ease.
Disability Friendly Pen Holder
The Disability Friendly Pen Holder is designed to help user with motor movement/dexterity difficulties to hold or grip a pen. The device is intended to help users eventually gain a better grip of a pen, allowing them to put their energy into writing and less into holding the pen.
Utensil Hand Grip
The Utensil Hand Grip is designed to assist people with limited hand grip and limited hand movement with eating. The device is made from styrofoam and shaped like an egg which provides a very sturdy grip. So that the utensil does not push through the end of the styrofoam egg, a plug is used.
Selfie Stick Assist
The Selfie Stick Assist is a 3D printable camera and phone mount that attaches to either the user's wrist or forearm. The device is intended for all users but is recommended for those who are in wheelchairs, walkers or have mobility issues and can't reach out to take selfies. The device is attach to the users forearm and wrist in order to extend the stick and take your selfie.The selfie stick can also be adjusted to different angles in order to fit the users needs.
Universal Bottle Opener (UBO)
The Universal Bottle Opener (UBO) is a DIY printable device intended for users with any muscle deterioration symptoms to help them open large juice bottles, sports drink bottles, soda bottles, canned drinks, or other tops.
Sign Language Rings
The Sign Language Rings are designed to translate the hearing impaired’s sign language motions into voice. The device is intended to help hearing impaired users by translating voice into text which is displayed on top of the bracelet. The Rings are worn around the user’s fingers, and the bracelet is the display screen to view the text.
Ball Stylus Rev 4
The Ball Stylus Rev 4 is a prototype designed for people who have difficulty extending a finger to operate a tablet, and have difficulty gripping a standard stylus. It is printed with conductive PLA from Protopasta. The ball stylus can be customized for ball size, stylus length, and surface smoothness that will work with a touch screen device.
Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST)
Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST) is designed for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is a lightweight, noninvasive vibratory vest that allows wearers to understand sound and communicate with others. Still in its prototyping stage, VEST helps wearers perceive auditory information through small vibrations on their torsos.
nuVision Jacket Prototype and Wrist Mount
The nuVision Jacket Prototype and Wrist Mount is designed with Kinect motion sensors in order to help visually impaired people better avoid obstacles and move around more safely. The nuVision Jacket uses Kinect motion sensors and alerts a user with haptic tactile feedback on the user's back. Users can tell the position and distance of an obstacle by the location and intensity of the vibration from a tactile feedback unit attached to a backpack. The processing unit is a laptop computer placed in
The VIBEAT is designed to allow deaf and hearing-impaired users experience music. The device is a wearable necklace and bracelet that translate music into vibrations, thus conveying the feeling of music through an alternative sensory system.
Assisted Vision Smart Glasses
The Assisted Vision Smart Glasses is a pair of glasses that can enable low vision individuals to walk around unfamiliar places, to recognize obstacles, and to gain independence. The prototype glasses are constructed using transparent OLED displays, two small cameras, a gyroscope, a compass, a GPS unit, and a headphone. The latest prototype has an Epson Moverio BT 100 and an Asus xtion depth camera and 3D printed frames. The incoming data can be processed and then used in various ways. For exampl
The Horus is a wearable device developed to assist blind and visually impaired individuals during their entire day.The device observes, understands, and describes the environment to the user, providing useful information in a discreet way and with the right timing. Horus can help the user by reading texts, recognizing objects, faces and also pedestrian crossings and obstacles. Using bone conduction, the hearing of the user is in no way affected (as opposed to using earphones) and it will be poss
The Sospendo is designed as a hands free solution for mobile devices giving users with limited upper body mobility (due to disability or disease) access to their touch screen devices. The Sospendo is a new adjustable device holder that works by bending the aluminum frame so it cradles the users neck (or it could be used as a stand) and slide your mobile device in and hang it around your head. Thus, allowing hte user to read and operate their portable device with multiple benefits.
The Yes/No Tiles is a prototype designed for users with physical or mental disabilities that encourages the user to participate and perform better in their daily life activities. To use, the therapist asks a question, and then the user answers out loud while holding up the corresponding yes/no card. The "Yes" card has designs imprinted on it from a smiley face, sunshine smiley face, check mark, and thumbs up. The "No" card has designs imprinted on it from a large x, strike through circle, and th
The dbGLOVE is a wearable designed for individuals who are deaf-blind to communicate. Using the Malossi alphabet (an intuitive tactile alphabet invented by an Italian deafblind), two deaf-blind people can communicate by typing on each others' hand in turns. The users will touch different areas of the palm, each corresponding to a letter. The Malossi alphabet is extremely intuitive, and it relies on basic touch cues. Letters are located in a clockwise order over the phalanxes. Letters from A to O
PS4 Trigger button extender
The PS4 Trigger button extender is a prototype device designed for users with muscular dystrophy, loss of muscle mass, or who have a weak grip. The device is meant to be used with a PlayStation 4 game console, and it works by adding an additional trigger support next to the key buttons on the controller making easier to press the button.
Ollie: A Therapeutic Companion
Ollie is a robotic therapeutic companion that was designed to reduce stress and agitation, isolation, and touch deprivation, particularly the the aging population. Ollie can be used by individuals who would benefit from emotional support and companionship such as the elderly, individuals with mental or cognitive disabilities, or to those who would benefit from a pet but cannot have a live animal.
The Cozy Calm is a blanket inspired by the lead blanket that is worn for x-rays, made out of sewn lead. The Cozy Calm is a weighted blanket so that the wearer feels safew and calm through sensory integration
JACO Robotic Arm
The JACO Robotic Arm gives independence to people with advanced muscular or severe upper extremity disabilities. It attaches to a power wheelchair (or countertop, or bedside table) and can grasp objects to complete tasks as complex as putting a ring on someone's finger. Using the wheelchair controller, the JACO robotic arm can help its user take a drink, retrieve something the user dropped, open the fridge to grab a snack, etc. It interfaces with most controllers—including sip-n-puffs, headrest
MRI-Guided Co-Robotic Active Catheter
The MRI-Guided Co-Robotic Active Catheter is a co-robotic active catheter system for performing atrial fibrillation ablation under real-time intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance to reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. This can be achieved by purposefully ablating (destroying) specific areas of the heart in a controlled fashion, the propagation of irregular heart activity can be prevented. This is generally achieved by threading a catheter with an electrode at its tip
Co-Robotic Navigation Aid for the Visually Impaired
The Co-Robotic Navigation Aid for the Visually Impaired is a co-robotic navigation aid that enhances mobility for visually and physically impaired. The goal is to develop a co-robotic cane for the visually impaired that has enhanced navigation capabilities and that can relay critical information about the environment to its user.
Nadine is a social companion robot that is designed to provide emotional support and companionship to the elderly, individuals with mental or cognitive disabilities, or anyone that would benefit from 24-hour companionship.
BrailleTouch is a prototype app that allows visually impaired people to easily type or text without looking at the screen. It is based on the familiar six-key braille keyboard, as found on the Perkins Brailler and many electronic braille notetakers. With BrailleTouch, a user can send text messages, emails, and tweets from the BrailleTouch keyboard, and copy the text they type in braille to paste into any other app on their iPhone.
The HealFast Bandage is a prototype bandage that provides electrically-accelerated wound healing, particularly suited to help diabetic patients speed up the closure of their chronically unhealing sores. HealFast features single-handed usage for people with less dexterous or arthritic fingers. An electrical field, when applied radially to a wound, starts and accelerates healing.
The gripAble™ is a low cost invention designed to improve the ability of patients with an arm disability and to play physiotherapy-like computer games. To use it, patients squeeze, turn or lift the handgrip, and it vibrates in response to their performance whilst playing. The device uses a mechanism, which can detect the tiny flicker movements of severely paralyzed patients and channel them into controlling a computer game.
The Smart-Scooter is a self-driving scooter designed to help the disabled live independent lives. The self-driving technology has been integrated into a mobility scooter, allowing users to scoot around without constantly operating the controls. The smart scooter manages the navigation and obstacle avoidance all on its own, even indoors, as recently conducted tests have shown. This can be a serious benefit for users wishing to live independent lives, as the technology takes over nearly the entire
3D Printed Back Brace
This 3D Printed Back Brace is a back brace with a butterfly shape and botanical design. It has a custom fit, created using a 3D scan of the lower back, and specialist WiDE software. It challenges the conventional small, medium, large sizing of a typical back brace.
The Standing Wheelchair is a mobile manual standing wheelchair prototype for paraplegics. Gripping the handles on the side of the chair, users pump the handles multiple times to lift themselves with the hydraulic system. The push rims, which are used to turn the wheels by hand on many wheelchairs, raise with the seat so the user can easily reach them in the standing position.
Assistive Bag Holder
The Assistive Bag Holder is a 3-D printable device designed to enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities, reduced dexterity, reduced digital flexibility or grip strength, arthritis, or missing digits to carry grocery bags or any other similar bags. Users with arthritis or missing digits can insert the narrow width of the wrist and turn their wrist to "lock" it in place, allowing them to carry bags without having to physically grip the bag handles.
The Ability Application is a prototype developed to help people with severe physical disabilities navigate the areas they need to go. The application maps places that are disability friendly, such as where there are ramps or what places are service animal-friendly.
Superflex Robot Suit
The Superflex Robot Suit is meant for the aging population and those with mobility disabilities to use clothing to address their daily challenges. It is a sensor-equipped, computer-controlled clothing for senior citizens who have trouble with mobility. The suit’s sensors are designed to be able to track the posture and movement of the body, and process data to send a motor “assist” when the wearer is leaning forward in a chair, getting ready to stand up, or even starting to raise their arms abov
Multipurpose Hand Prosthetic
The Multipurpose Hand Prosthetic is a do it yourself (DIY) designed for people without fingers so that they could perform some basic activities. The arm clamp is detachable so that users can make a custom clamp according to their comfort and needs. With this, users without fingers should be able to:
The HeadMouse Nano is a head controlled mouse that replaces the standard computer mouse for people who cannot use or have limited use of their hands. The HeadMouse translates natural movements of a user's head into directly proportional mouse pointer movement – when the user moves their head, the mouse pointer moves as well. The HeadMouse has a wireless optical sensor which tracks a tiny disposable target worn by the user on his/her forehead, glasses, or even a hat. It works just like a computer
The Accessi Book
The Accessi Book is a robot-like invention that was developed for use by people with upper extremity disabilities that turns pages of a book. The Accessi Book allows people with ALS, ataxia, and other upper extremity disabilities to read with ease.
Robotic Trolley For The Elderly
The Robotic Trolley For The Elderly is a height-adjustable grocery cart prototype designed for the elderly and people with upper and lower extremity disabilities, that allows them to easily unload their cart. Users can help users change the height so they don't have to lift their bags very far.
K'Track Glucose wearable
Kinect Haptic Belt
The Kinect Haptic Belt is a Microsoft Kinect (a device designed for the Xbox 360 in 2007) attached to a belt with three different vibrating sections designed to help individuals who are blind or have low vision navigate through crowded areas using its depth-sensing camera. As the wearer approaches obstacles, the Kinect will sense them and send vibrations through the relevant portion of the belt, letting the user know which the approximate location of whatever it is that's in their path.
The Exo-Glove Poly is a waterproof glove designed for people with hand injuries to help them grip objects when necessary. The Exo-Glove Poly fits over the thumb and two fingers of a person's hand and can help them perform simple, but previously impossible, tasks such as filling up a water glass.
The waterproof Sensor Headphones are designed using ultrasonic technology for swimmers with visual impairments. The headphones alert a swimmer with a visual impairment alerts them when another swimmer is approaching, and uses blue tooth technology to send a beep when they are five meters from the edge of the pool. These features allow the individual to swim independently.
The E-Paw, or the Expandable Portable Accessible Washroom, is a portable outhouse that expands to four times the normal size to make room for a wheelchair, stroller, or caregiver, then folds back down when the event or festival is done. This can be useful for wheelchair users or individuals with disabilities that have a caregiver.
Wheelchair-friendly Interactive Campus Map
This Wheelchair-friendly Interactive Campus Map is an interactive mapping application, a digital way to take a tour of a college campus designed to give students in wheelchairs a live update of areas on campus that remain wheelchair accessible. This was designed to help students with mobility disabilities not waste time going when getting around campus. A menu item on the left side of the map allows users to switch on the ADA Accessibility option. Once selected, the map highlights all roadways a
Rafigh (“companion” or “buddy” in Persian and Arabic) is a living media interface for support of behavioural intervention (e.g., speech intervention) for children. This prototype encourages children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other emotional disabilities to learn how to become more caring and nurturing. It consists of two parts software and hardware. The software is a suite of therapeutic games and learning activities (a reading activity and several speech exercises) on an iPad, desktop,
The Leka is a glowing orb that's designed to help special needs children improve fine motor skills, visual cues, and social skills. In conjunction with an app, the Leka features a variety of learning activities. It has built-in sensors that detect and respond to a child's interaction, soothing lights wrap around it, and there's a multiplayer game for family and friends to join in. The interactive responses are designed to help children better understand social and visual cues, and multiplayer ga
The EyeSpeak is a communication system through the eyes, especially designed for people with extreme mobility and communication limitations caused by different types of illness or injury. The EyeSpeak consists of a pair of glasses in which the lenses display a screen with a virtual keyboard. It features a micro camera that detects the position and the movement of the eyes and identifies the key the user is looking at. The EyeSpeak features a fast, accurate system, is easy to use, with very low l
N2 - Portable Air Conditioning With A Personal Sound Space
The N2 - Portable Air Conditioning with a Personal Sound Space is a prototype designed to help individuals with physical or circulatory disabilities cool down or warm up. The N2 is designed to cool down or warm up the neck area. The N2 is a lightweight device and ergonomically designed to fit around the neck. The device is also Bluetooth capable and can connect to any smartphone or media source.
Nonni uses facial recognition technology to monitor the child from a distance. The drone would be stationary unless the child strayed from the safe space. At that point, the drone would hover toward the child and use a recorded voice message from the parent to prompt the child to go to a safe area.
Head Up Headphones
The Head Up Headphones are a set of headphones designed to help people with cerebral palsy and those with weak necks to build their neck muscles. While wearing, if the user does not keep their head up, the music won't play.
Mind Controlled Bionic Hand
The Mind Controlled Robotic Arm is a prototype designed to help stroke victims retrain their brain to use their paralyzed upper extremities. The device comprises of a cap containing electrodes to pick up the brain signal and send it to a moveable brace on the arm. The device detects the wearer's intention to open or close the paralyzed hand, and moves it accordingly. Although in general the right side of the brain controls the left and vice versa, the developers discovered that a small area of t
This Tongue-Operated Wheelchair is an electronic wheelchair that users can operate with their tongue using a silicone sheet attached to the chin designed for people with severe physical disabilities or those with spinal cord injuries to allow them to be independently mobile. The wheelchair utilizes faint electric signals generated by moving suprahyoid muscles, which are activated in opening the mouth and swallowing food. The user attaches to his or her jaw a silicone sheet with multiple electrod
Tactile Portable Translator
The Tactile Portable Translator is a portable device prototype created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by Team Tactile to help blind people convert text to braille in real time. It is the size of a candy bar and completely portable.
The Read Read is a prototype Braille learning device designed for blind and low vision people to provide them with unparalleled instruction in Braille skills or to teach them how to read Braille. The Read Read allows independent learning through the same manipulative-based instruction teachers use to teach children how to read Braille. The device's letter tiles feature sturdy Braille printed on metal, making it easier for those just learning Braille to decipher each letter by touch. The device a
The Emma Pen
The Emma Pen is designed to steady a person with Parkinson's disease's hand and allow them to draw straight lines and write legibly. The Emma intentionally shakes the user’s arm, interrupting the feedback loop that impedes normal movement.
Braun Bell Concept Mug
The Braun Bell Concept Mug is a product designed for the blind to solve the problem of burning themselves with coffee. There are sensors built in to let the person know how much liquid is in the mug.
B-Touch Mobile Phone
The B-Touch Mobile Phone is a multifunctional cellular phone designed for people who are blind. With this device, the visually impaired can perform everyday tasks like talking on the phone, reading a book and recognizing objects with an accessible all-in-one device. It has incorporated braille, voice systems, and optical reading devices. It combines technologies of blind-touch screen (Braille), voice systems and programs to function as regular phone, navi-system, book reader and object recognize
Hello Haptic Flashcards
Hello Haptic Flashcards are tactile flashcards designed for the blind that have Braille text on one side and tactile elements from environments they may not have access to on the other side.
Feel the Time Watch
The Feel the Time Watch is a watch designed specifically for blind and low vision individuals to allow them to tell time accurately and easily. Three-dimensional rings distinguish the discs from each other and a flexible membrane protects the face of the watch. A break at the 12 O'Clock position acts as the guide for feeling the time accurately. The time piece uses ball bearings rather than hands. One ball bearing on the time indicates minutes, and another on the side signifies hours. The ball b
American Sign Language Avatar
The American Sign Language Avatar is a digital English-to-American Sign Language (ASL) translator designed to help individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate with those who are not. Researchers at DePaul University have combined computer technology and linguistics research to create this avatar, which will be able to provide automatic translations of spoken English into ASL through ASL animation. This way, individuals who are deaf can understand spoken interactions. This avatar, nam
The Helpen Hand is a special pen that enables a person with a manual disability to hold a pen in a more comfortable and ergonomic manner. This avoids struggle and strain, as well as allows for more legible writing. Compact, portable, easy to use and producible in different sizes and colors, the Helpen Hand is designed to promote independence and dignity for people with carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, nerve damage and other hand problems.
The Briscoe Sleeve is designed to help people recovering from shoulder injuries or surgeries with dressing. The design saves the individual from having to ask for assistance with getting dressed. It also eliminates the need to stretch or strain in order to put on a shirt, minimizing pain and discomfort while dressing. Additionally, the apparel is designed for comfortable wear.
Pen holder helper
The Pen holder helperis a pencil or pen holder designed for individuals to use with a universal finger cuff. The device is intended for users with arthritis or other grasping or upper extremity disabilities. The key guard and pen holder adjust right or left and can be used with any utensil holder. It provides stability while the user writes.
Handle-opener for soda can
The Handle-opener for soda can is designed for individuals with arthritis or fine motor, grasping, or upper extremity disabilities or weakness. The device is made through 3D printing material and is designed to offer easy grasping while opening a soda can.
The Ability App is a prototype mobile application designed to help the individuals with disabilities navigate the world. The app shows users where wheelchair ramps are and what locations are service-animal friendly.
Kompaï is a robot designed to assist the elderly, people with disabilities, and others who need special care. The mobile robot talks, understands speech, and can navigate autonomously. It reminds people of meetings, keeps track of shopping lists, plays music, and works as a video conference system for users to talk with their doctors, for example.
Baxter is a prototype device to explore how robots can help blind people and visually impaired more effectively navigate urban environments. This improves the lives of blind people who are otherwise fearful of exploring unfamiliar environments and performing necessary tasks associated with urban living – crossing the street, sorting bus tickets or finding the right storefront. The robot figures out what bus ticket is needed and slides it in front of the blind person, telling the person “I am sli
The Phantom Limb is a prosthetic hand designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities and hand amputees. The prosthetic hand is a 3D printed hand which receives signals from electrodes in the harness to form various grips and gestures, using buttons in the forearm. Features the following positions: closed fist, open palm, thumbs up, point, pinch, and tripod. Also features a Bluetooth enabled wrist with USB port, torch, and laser. A small screen interfaces in the wrist that conn
The Carpal Skin is a prototype protective globe designed for use by individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injury, or ulnar and radial nerve palsy. The splint is recommended for patients with carpal tunnel release surgery. Carpal Skin is a process by which to map the pain-profile of a particular patient—its intensity and duration—and to distribute hard and soft materials to fit the patient’s anatomical and physiological requirements.
Graphiti is a dynamic multilevel tactile touch display for people are blind or visually impaired. It allows students and adults to access a wide variety of on-screen graphics by touch. This includes pie charts, bar graphs, geometric forms, maps, floor-plans, flow-charts, line drawings, and dynamic graphical content. Graphiti’s technology allows graphics to be depicted by means of an array of variable-height pins. To change to the next graphic, the pins on the refreshable display move up and down
ichó aids people in terms of an individual assistance to allow communication in a different way. Ichó is a sphere, offering music, shiny bright colors and vibrations. Users can throw, catch, pet, press and roll it. It is able to note those motions and react on it, as applicable. Ichó places emphasis on visual, haptic, and acoustic stimulation by using lights, vibrations and haptic stimuli. By customizing ichó, senses can be far better improved for each individual user. Out-of-the-box-applicatio
Leka is an interactive and multi-sensory smart toy, offering children with special needs the ability to play fun and educational games that motivates social interactions, that increase motor, cognitive, and emotional skills, as well as stimulates autonomy. Leka is a tool for parents and therapists to support education in an easy, efficient, and constant way. This robot helps children with autism learn how to interact and communicate with family and friends. Leka can be customized for individuals
The Anatomical Leg is a prosthetic leg for use by individuals with lower extremity disabilities and leg amputees. This prosthesis is a prototype, which includes the foot, ankle, and lower calf, uses robotics to replicate the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. The prosthetic leg is 3D printed nylon, silicone, and lacquer in various colors.
Stephanie Reid Prosthetic
The Stephanie Reid prototype is a prosthetic leg for use by individuals with lower extremity disabilities and leg amputees. The device includes the foot, ankle, and lower calf, uses robotics to replicate the calf muscles. This prosthesis is made of chrome lacquer, mirror and clear perspex shards.
The Stereo Leg is a prosthetic leg for individuals with lower extremity disabilities and leg amputees. This prosthesis is a prototype, which includes the foot, ankle, and lower calf uses robotics to replicate the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. The prosthetic leg is made of cast resin, silicone, beads, rhinestones, chains studs, and speakers.
eSight3 is a prototype pair of glasses that help legally blind people to see. They work by using an HD camera to capture what's in front of the user. Algorithms enhance the video, which is projected on two OLED screens. The device tricks the user's brain into making it look like they're seeing in the distance even though the glasses are only a few centimeters from the user's eyes.
Sock Helper Mobility Aid
The Sock Helper Mobility Aid is a prototype designed for individuals with arthritis or lower extremity or mobility disabilities. The design incorporates a non-printed pole to lift and drop the 'Sock Helper'. This pole should be cut to around 60 centimeters and can be made from a 20 millimeter (3/4 inch) PVC tube or a similar sized dowel or broom stick. The pole then inserts into the base where there is a hole to secure it with a screw. There are two tabs on the end of the channel that are used t
HEROes Daredevil is a wheelchair prototype designed to traverse over land and sand with ease. It can be used for the beach and parks. It is built for hard sports like beach rugby.
The Tetraplegics Wheelchair is a wheelchair that aims to provide low-cost and self-reliant locomotory assistance for people with movement disabilities. The wheelchair detects muscle movements through biosensors and the signals instruct it to move in a particular direction. Muscle movements generate muscle potential, which is detected by bio-compatible surface sensors. These signals are then sent to the microcontroller, which instructs the wheelchair to move.
The Hitch Lift which enables individuals to independently load a manual wheelchair, lightweight scooter or other mobility aid into a vehicle with very little physical effort. The assistive device mounts to a hitch receiver on the back of a car, making it universal compared to other solutions that require modifications to a vehicle.
The Levered-Power Wheelchair is a prototype designed for individuals with mobility disabilities. This device includes a hand lever that activates secure hitching to the frame of the wheelchair. It allows any wheelchair to be powered in a rowing motion.
Wrench Palm Adapter
The Wrench Palm Adapter is a prototype design for users who cannot grasp properly or who have muscle deterioration symptoms. This device is intended for people who lost finger movement or limited finger mobility. The adapter lets the user use a wrench by moving their palm.
Mouthstick Tool is a tool for artists who can’t use their hands but want to paint. The paint brushes are connected to a mouthpiece. To use, the artist holds the Mouthstick Tool in their mouth and paints.
HEROes Zupan is a wheelchair prototype designed for those individuals with lower extremity disabilities to use. The wheelchair includes a portable computer case under the seat, a joystick (to move the wheelchair), a trackball, a monitor, a keyboard, speakers, a wireless headset, a webcam, a drink holder, a stereo sound gadget(behind the seat), a power source on the back and a remote control.
The WISB Handbike is a wheelchair concept by Bär Claudia that combines adaptive and recumbent bike styles. It is created to be used both inside and outside, while also functioning as a sports bike. Users can toggle between ‘high mode’ for indoors or normal outdoors riding, or use ‘low mode’ for long distance or cross-country rides. The WISB bike is hand-operated in all modes, so users with limited or no leg function can seamlessly transition from daily wheelchair function to sports activities.
Ultra Long Distance Wheelchair by Andrew Mitchell
Ultra Long Distance Wheelchair by designer Andrew Mitchell is a wheelchair design concept that was envisioned for ultra long distance use. The positioning of the rider is meant to ensure maximum efficiency. By keeping the shoulders over the front edge of the driving wheels, the whole body position can be engaged by the rider to provide maximum power. The body and legs are in a more open position, giving good breathing potential, and placing less strain on the lower limbs.
NEWS: New Electric Wheelchairs
The NEWS: New Electric Wheelchairs is a prototype that attaches to manual wheelchairs and makes them electric, eliminating the need to buy a costly electric wheelchair. It has a joystick, sub-grip, safety light, motor, cooler, docking station and electric charger.
Velo Modular Handcycle
The Velo Modular Handcycle by designer Mark Wafforne is aimed at wheelchair users who want to participate in sports, but who cannot afford a specialized chair just for playing sports. Velo Modular Handcycle for wheelchair user has been designed to facilitate individuals who want to get active or simply want to try to do sports activities. Aimed at Disability sports clubs, Velo features modular interface that offers a fresh look on increasing popular sports for wheelchair users. It is meant to be
The CTC 41 (Cradle to Cradle) is a wheelchair prototype. This manual wheelchair features a honeycomb pattern that is extremely strong yet lightweight. The CTC 41 folds up like other collapsible chairs. The prototype includes personalization in wheel colors, frame colors, and even a special edition clear wheelchair.
The Lime Cycle is a prototype meant for commuters with walking disabilities or amputee. The concept is to have a basic wheelchair used for indoor or short distance movement and with the help of a front attachment, be able to travel as a handcycle to medium distances. The Lime Cycle experiments with how a wheelchair can be made modular so that by adding an extension, it can be converted into a hand cycle for further travel.
Comb Multifolding Wheelchair
The Comb Multifolding Wheelchair is prototype meant to be fully adjustable and functional. This concept wheelchair can be adjusted for the user’s comfort, needs, and even folded down to a tiny compact size that would fit any small vehicle for transportation.
Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair
The Mobi Electric Folding Wheelchair a compact electric wheelchair prototype that can fold into itself within the diameter of its wheels. It is made of lightweight materials and functions as a manual wheelchair, yet at the base of the wheels, there is a battery-powered mechanism to help move the wheels forward or backward. Gyroscope technology keeps the two-wheeled chair balanced.
Nimbl is a wheelchair prototype concept designed specifically for domestic/indoor use to give increased access without sacrificing mobility inside a house. It features a carbon fiber tub which houses the 10-inch lift actuator, motorized hubless wheels and interchangeable battery. The wheelchair also integrates a magnetically placed armrest remote that allows both right- and left-handed control. The wheelchair comes with short wheelbase to increase the maneuverability within the home. Users can r
The Catapult is a lever drive wheelchair designed for people with balance disabilities. It a prototype that uses both the upward and downward motion of the levers to move the chair forward. The brake is on the right handle and the gear shift is attached to the left handle, which brakes both back wheels simultaneously. The steering for the wheelchair is controlled via the user’s feet offering people with physical disabilities the opportunity to play sports and not live such a sedentary life. In t
The Solo Wheelchair is a wheelchair prototype that combines the advantages of manual and electrical wheelchairs. With an electrical assist system, Solo increases the range and mobility of a manual wheelchair while providing premium ergonomics and compact foldability. Heavily focused on aesthetics, Solo avoids the medical the user and the gives a feel often associated with electrical wheelchairs. When pushing uphill, Solo assists also assists the user and reduces the resistance. If the user stops
Independent Wheelchair Assistant (IWA)
The Independent Wheelchair Assistant (IWA) is a device to help wheelchair user's who constantly need to transfer from one device to another. The design utilizes the user’s own wheelchair, acting as a true assistant and eliminating the need to constantly transfer between other devices like scooters or power chairs. The user attaches to the device from the rear via a small bracket that must be attached to the wheelchair. The bracket slides into the back of the IWA, lifting the two front caster whe
The Cursum Stroller is a baby stroller for wheelchair users by designer Cindy Sjöblom, designed to overcome the added challenge a mobility disability adds to early parenting in the first stages of infancy. The Cursum stroller concept aims to make life a little easier by adapting to use in tandem with a wheelchair. Swivel wheels, complete height adjustment, attention to comfort and visibility and advanced safety features give parents added security and a little independence to an already challeng
EAZ Disabled Mobility Device
The EAZ Disabled Mobility Device concept eliminates the discomfort and disregard of riding a wheelchair that usually physically disabled persons experience. The mobility device is a combination of a wheelchair and a walker designed for people with moderate disabilities who find it difficult getting around. These users include; the injured and people recovering from an operation to the frail, old aged, and the slightly disabled such as sufferers of multiple sclerosis, Arthritis, or Chronic Obstru
Hero Series is a line of sport wheelchair designed so that people with mobility restrictions can play sports on sandy soils, especially on the beach. Encourages the practice of an innovative sport: rugby on the beach. The challenge is to develop a project of universal design and sustainable, ie, adaptable (for different communities, cultures and biotypes), eco-efficient, economically feasible, socially equitable (serving people with special needs) and culturally acceptable (in terms of geography
The Makeup Applicator is a designed for people with ataxia and other upper extremity disabilities to hold their makeup brushes still while they apply makeup independently.
Grocery Helper is a small, unobtrusive metal plate mounted to the back of a wheelchair. A swinging basket can be added and removed from the plate, providing the user with a place to put their groceries that can easily be swung to the back of their chair leaving them free to carry their children in their lap.?
AAC Attachable iPad Grid
The AAC Attachable iPad Grid is an augmentative and alternative communication device designed for people with Angelman Syndrome to assist with expressive communication. Many of these individuals use iPads, but may have difficulty accurately touching the icons they intend to select to communicate what they are thinking or feeling.
Autism Letterboard is a communication tool designed to foster independence and speed up communication time between kids with Autism at school. It is a digitized touchscreen letterboard powered by a Raspberry Pi. Rather than pointing out a letter to an aide, the digital letterboard allows students to touch letters that are then recorded instantly by the computer.?
The GlovePi was designed as a wearable device to support deaf-blind people in communication using the Malossi alphabet. The GlovePi is designed to lessen the need for an interpreter at all times. This prototype is being developed by Università di Bologna in Italy.
Ontenna Smart Hair Clip
The Ontenna Smart Hair Clip was designed to alert people with hearing difficulties to sounds around them. Ontenna Smart Hair Clip is a wearable barrette shaped device designed for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It reacts to the rhythm and loudness of a sound. Ontenna will be available in two versions: a larger model will connect to a companion app via Bluetooth and there will also be a smaller version minus the Bluetooth connectivity.
The Wired Bandage was designed as a bandage that can give the user the correct dosage of medicine. The Wired Bandage is made of electrically conductive fibers coated in hydrogel. It can be set to trigger medicine to release by smart phone or to release by itself. An attached microcontroller (about the size of a postage stamp) sends voltage through select fibers at select times. When it does so, those fibers heat up, also heating the gel that covers them. This causes the gel to release the medica
Under Water Wheelchair
The Under Water Wheelchair prototype was designed to be a wheelchair that can be used underwater for scuba diving. The Under Water Wheelchair is designed for individuals with limited or no use of lower extremities. This prototype is being developed by Igor Skikevich.
The Easiseat is a home furniture piece that helps individuals use the toilet and have increased mobility in the home. It is designed for individuals with decreased mobility. The main feature is the toilet accessibility. While the individual is sitting on the seat, the seat moves onto the toilet. The person attached to the seat using a shoulder holder then is lifted up by the arms of the chair. The seat then moves away from toilet bowl leaving the user suspended over the bowl. The user is then lo
P-One shoes are a hands-free shoe lacing system. They are designed for individuals with low upper extremity mobility. This shoe is designed to be laced with only the user's body weight. The user steps into the shoe and the laces tighten. To remove the shoe the user places pressure on the back of the shoe, on a small lever. This lever releases the laces. The user has to have the ability to step into the shoes because the laces are weight activated.
The Reviewer VR prototype is a wearable accessory designed for individuals who are blind or have low vision individuals to play virtual reality on their smartphones or tablets. It allows the user to convert such a mobile device into a virtual reality. Users can enjoy playing games, watching movies, searching the internet, videoconferencing, and educating themselves with the virtual reality feature.
Safety Device for Prosthetic Appendages (HTM-3677)
The Safety Device for Prosthetic Appendages (HTM-3677) is a patent-pending Safety Strap for Amputees designed for people with one hand to allow them to ride all amusement park rides and improve accessibility. It eliminates discrimination and is also versatile. The unit is easy to use and could be set up in a matter of minutes, or even seconds. The Safety Strap for Amputees is a reasonable accommodation for amusement park operators due to its simplicity.
Shortcut is a prototype wristband for amputees to use to operate a computer mouse. It swipes, clicks and zooms via a sensor on the wearable technology. Shortcut is designed to make prosthetic hands more facile when working with digital technology, taking simple hand gestures that most amputees can still trigger through a phenomenon called phantom hand and mapping them onto the most basic computer commands–moving the cursor, left and right clicking, and scrolling.
MAXIMO is a mobility device prototype designed for people with walking disabilities to provide an interactive walking therapy that allows the feet of the helper and the patient to step in unison. It also guarantees stability for balance and is easy to put on and take off.
Pressure Sores Monitor
The Pressure Sores Monitor is a pressure sensing mat designed for wheelchair users to fit under the seat of a wheelchair. It is designed for people in wheelchairs who face the problem of "pressure sores" designed to notify them when they have been sitting in the same position for too long. Each prong of the 3D printed X sits atop a pressure sensor and runs through an Arduino. It connects to an app via Bluetooth, which shows the pressure in darkening shades of red, indicating both where pressure
The BLITAB is designed for users who are blind or have low vision disabilities. It is a Braille tablet that uses a disruptive actuating technology to create tactile text and graphics in real time. The technology allows blind users to learn, work, and play with one mobile device and to have digital access to information in real time. It converts any document into Braille text; little smart dots (“tixels”) raise immediately from the surface and then fall down again when text changes. It is not jus
The Chairless Chair allows users to switch between an active sitting, standing, and walking position. It can be used by older adults who need additional, ergonomic sitting support. It can reduce back pain, and assist the user in sitting.
DSAGB SAILBOAT WOOD 101
The DSAGB SAILBOAT WOOD 101 is a single seat sailboat for disabled persons and those individuals who have balance disabilities to sail and not capsize or overturn their sailboat. The user can be new to sailing. Controls are light and easy to operate. Can’t sink and it won’t capsize. All of the control lines are color coded. Different keel weights are being tested. If the wind gets up the user moves the seat back.
Tamar’s Ponytail Holder
Tamar's Ponytail Holder is a one-handed ponytail holder designed for a user to put her hair up in a ponytail easily with one hand.
Haifa 3D are 3D printed prosthetic arms designed for people with upper extremity amputation to wear.
Removable Mobile Arm
Removable Mobile Arm is an adapted iPad communication device holder designed for people with communication disabilities to use. It was adapted for an iPad that was difficult for people with Cerebral Palsy to hold and use as a communication device. It was designed with an extended arm so the caregivers can easily attach the extended arm and the user can have control of bringing the iPad closer with the click of their head on mouse keys. The team also designed a rotator to allows users to easily t
Winter Challenge 2
Winter Challenge 2 are wheelchair wheel cleaners designed for people with lower extremity disabilities who are wheelchair users to clean their wheelchairs when they get muddy.
One Hand Sony
The One Hand Sony is a device to hold the playstation hand control and play with one hand. The team designed a leg anchor to hold the hand control and adapted the control so the individual can reach all functionality with one hand.
Coffee Break is a unique coffee maker designed for individuals with hand tremors to make a cup of coffee the way they like. The TOM team designed a conveyor belt coffee maker that makes the coffee the way the user likes.
Back to Biking
Back to Biking is adaptive biking designed for people with below the knee amputations to ride a bike.
Water Simon Says
Water Simon Says is a water based rehabilitation game designed for children with visual impairment and disabilities to challenge them to swim around to different points and turn off the lights (similar to the game Simon Says).
Wise Control is an adapted AAC device designed for people with poor upper body strength and cortical blindness or cerebral palsy to communicate effectively with their communication device.
Tube Opener is a special paint tube opener and closer designed for individuals with poor fine motor skills to open and seal their paint so it will not dry out.
Plane Seat Assistance
Plane Seat Assistance is an in-flight supportive vest, neck brace, and leg support designed for children with cerebral palsy to fly comfortably.
Winter Chanllenge 1
Winter Challenge 1 is a hatchback canopy umbrella designed for wheelchair users to raise or lower with the press of a button.
Toilet Seat Assistance
Toilet Seat Assistance is a foldable, lightweight portable toilet seat that can be taken anywhere designed for children with disabilities to have them use the bathroom independently.
Sensory Eye Fix
Sensory Eye Fix is a safe and stable platform designd for children with communication disabilities to keep their eye gaze Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices at eye level.
Uyen's Chair is a wheelchair specifically designed for Uyen to meet the wishes of her family. Uyen’s family wishes there was a chair that would be suitable to support her spine, adjust its size (height, width) for her growth, be flexible for different usage, and be made from a material that would provide good air circulation for extended sitting. This wheelchair does that.
The Shuval’s Tray is a 3D printed add-on wheelchair tray designed for manual wheelchairs users to carry their lunch tray.
The Easy Stroll is a universal Connector that links a Wheelchair and a Baby stroller. It is designed for individuals with mobility disabilities, walking disabilities, or lower extremity disabilities who use a wheelchair to travel outdoors independently with their child. This small rod-like device has locking clasps on either end - one to clasp the bar between the front two wheels of the parent’s wheelchair and the second to clasp the bottom bar located on the back of the baby’s stroller. Once se
Feel the View
Feel the View is a prototype of an automotive imaging system designed to provide passengers who are blind or visually impaired with a way to experience the passing landscape through touch and sound. This rectangular-shaped device has to be positioned along the top of one of the car’s backseat windows. When the passenger presses the textured button located on the device’s center, the unit’s built-in camera snaps a picture of the outside scenery. The prototype then converts the captured frame into
The AWN-03 is a Panasonic Assist Robot designed for those individuals who are elderly or who have a weak back to help them with activities and movements such as lifting boxes and bending down. Uses technology to work in tandem with a person’s own abilities, resulting in a better standard of living. Panasonic has been developing advanced control and sensor technology and is applying them to develop assist robots. Using the robot’s motors, it assists with human body mechanics. This device increase
Honda Walking Assist Device Prototype
The Honda Walking Assist Device Prototype is a walking device designed to help individuals with balance and lower extremity disabilities learn how to walk properly. Natural walking is achieved by changing the amount of assisting force applied to the right and left legs through the control of two motors, based on the information obtained through sensors embedded in the shoes of the device. Based on the know-how acquired through its study of human walking represented by its advanced humanoid robot