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OrCam - See for yourself

 Author: Jack Regan

Published By: CNN Money

Published On: August 2016

OrCam is an intuitive portable device with a smart camera designed to assist people who are visually impaired.

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The product was also featured on CNN Money http://money.cnn.com/video/technology/2015/07/17/orcam-smart-glasses-for-blind.cnnmoney/

Category: Videos Vision

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Wheel-I-Am

 Author: Feros Care

Published By: Feros Care 

Published:  2016


Known as is Wheel-I-Am, is Feros Care’s latest recruit and is essentially an iPad mounted on a miniature Segway base.

The concept is simple – to keep seniors socially connected by using technology so residents who are less mobile and unable to go on social outings can still be part of the fun.

To view more information go to: http://www.feroscare.com.au/home-page/wheel-i-am/

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Category: Communication Future Trends & Possibilies Mobility Robotics Videos

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Improving Dental Experiences by Using Virtual Reality

Author: Karin Tanja-Dijkstra1, Sabine Pahl , Mathew P. White, Jackie Andrade, Cheng Qian, Malcolm Bruce, Jon May, David R. Moles

Published By: School of Psychology Plymouth University 

Published: 2014

Dental anxiety creates significant problems for both patients and the dental profession. Some distraction interventions are

already used by healthcare professionals to help patients cope with unpleasant procedures. The present study is novel

because it a) builds on evidence that natural scenery is beneficial for patients, and b) uses a Virtual Reality (VR)

representation of nature to distract participants. Extending previous work that has investigated pain and anxiety during

treatment, c) we also consider the longer term effects in terms of more positive memories of the treatment, building on a

cognitive theory of memory (Elaborated Intrusions). Participants (n = 69) took part in a simulated dental experience and

were randomly assigned to one of three VR conditions (active vs. passive vs. control). In addition, participants were

distinguished into high and low dentally anxious according to a median split resulting in a 362 between-subjects design. VR

distraction in a simulated dental context affected memories a week later. The VR distraction had effects not only on

concurrent experiences, such as perceived control, but longitudinally upon the vividness of memories after the dental

experience had ended. Participants with higher dental anxiety (for whom the dental procedures were presumably more

aversive) showed a greater reduction in memory vividness than lower dental-anxiety participants. This study thus suggests

that VR distractions can be considered as a relevant intervention for cycles of care in which people’s previous experiences

affect their behaviour for future events.

Category: Case Studies Research Virtual Environments

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

The Future of Driverless Cars

Author: The Daily Conversation

Published By: Youtube

Published On: 4 February 2015


Autonomous vehicles have made significant progress in the last decade and should be available to buy very soon. In this TDC mini-doc, The Daily Conversation look at the history of "self-driving" vehicles, where the industry is today, and what our roads will look like in the future.

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Category: Transport Videos Future Trends & Possibilies

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Personal Adaptive Mobility Aid for the Infirm and Elderly Blind

Author: Gerard Lacey, Kenneth M. Dawon-Howe, David Vernon 

Published By: Computer Science Dept., School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin

Published On:  2015

This technical report describes ongoing research into the development of a robotic mobility aid (PAM-AID) for people with a visually impairment who also require support during walking. These disabilities coincide most often in the elderly and as the elderly constitute almost two thirds of all blind people (due to the fact that blindness occurs most often in the over 65's).Some of the elderly blind have difficulty in using the common mobility aids such as the long cane or guide dog and consequently have little opportunity for independent exercise. PAM-AID will provide both a physical support during walking and a mobility aid thus providing an opportunity for independent activity. This report examines issues related to mobility for the blind and pays particular attention to the needs of the elderly or frail.

Category: Mobility Robotics

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Recent trends in assistive technology for mobility

Loss of physical mobility makes maximal participation in desired activities more difficult and in the worst case fully prevents participation. This paper surveys recent work in assistive technology to improve mobility for persons with a disability, drawing on examples observed during a tour of academic and industrial research sites in Europe.

The underlying theme of this recent work is a more seamless integration of the capabilities of the user and the assistive technology. This improved integration spans diverse technologies, including powered wheelchairs,prosthetic limbs, functional electrical stimulation, and wearable exoskeletons. Improved integration is being accomplished in three ways: 1) improving the assistive technology mechanics; 2) improving the user-technology physical interface; and 3) sharing of control between the user and the technology. We provide an overview of these improvements in user-technology integration and discuss whether such improvements have the potential to be transformative for people with mobility impairments.



Category: Mobility Robotics

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Smart Wheelchairs: A literature Review

Author: Richard Simpson

Published By: Journal of Research and Development

Published On: August 2005

Several studies have shown that both children and adults benefit substantially from access to a means of independent mobility. While the needs of many individuals with disabilities can be satisfied with traditional manual or powered wheelchairs, a segment of the disabled community finds it difficult or impossible to use wheelchairs independently. To accommodate this population, researchers have used technologies originally developed for mobile robots to create 'smart wheelchairs'. Smart wheelchairs have been the subject of research since the 1980s and have been developed on four continents. This article presents a summary of the current state of the art and directions for future research.

Category: Mobility Research Robotics Transport

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities

Prepared by: Gabrielle Young, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Jeffrey MacCormack, M.Ed., Doctoral Student, Queen’s University

Published on:  June 10th, 2014

 

Assistive technology refers to the devices and services that are used to increase, maintain, or improve the capabilities of a student with a disability (Dell, Newton, & Petroff, 2012). While the phrase assistive technology may make us think of computers and computerized devices, assistive technology can also be very low-tech. For example, pencil-grips (the molded plastic grips that slip over a pencil) are considered assistive technology. Assistive technology that helps students with learning disabilities includes computer programs and tablet applications that provide text-to-speech (e.g., Kurzweil 3000), speech-to-text (e.g., Dragon Naturally Speaking), word prediction capabilities (e.g., WordQ), and graphic organizers (e.g., Inspiration).

In comparison to other interventions, assistive technology may have a significant effect in helping students with disabilities progress towards the goals outlined on their Individual Education Plans (Watson, Ito, Smith, & Andersen, 2010). Assistive technology helps in two ways: it can help the student learn how to complete the task and it can help to bypass an area of difficulty. For example, when a student decides to listen to a digital version of a book, they are bypassing an area of difficulty. However, if the student focuses on the computer screen as highlighted words are read aloud, they can learn unfamiliar words.

To read more go to; http://ldatschool.ca/technology/assistive-technology/

 

Category: Communication Smart AT General

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Telemedicine clinics and mobile health screening services for Indigenous children

Author: The Centre for Online Health (COH)

Published By: The University of Australia 

Published:  2016


HealtheScreen4KIDS is a service by the Centre for Online Health 

Since 2005, staff at the Centre for Online Health (COH) have been exploring the use of telemedicine to support Indigenous children in rural communities. In 2009, a mobile telemedicine-enabled health screening service was established in Cherbourg, a remote Aboriginal community in central Queensland.The service, designed to complement and extend existing community-based service, provides routine assessment of children at high risk of ear disease and potential hearing impairment. The screening service comprises a custom-designed screening van with the necessary telemedicine equipment on board. 

 To read more information go to;

  http://www.uq.edu.au/coh/health-e-screen-4-kids

 

Category: ATSI Service Delivery Hearing Rural & Remote Service Delivery

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago

Implementing Smart Assistive Technologies: Organisational Perspectives

Author: Lilian Lazarevic and Darren Button 

Published By: Health Outcomes Australia

Published On: May 2014

This paper presents the key organisational influencers of successful smart assistive technology implementations in a disability service setting.

Category: Policy & Funding Quality & Standards Research

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 3 years ago