There are many Innovetions for Disabled. From naughty amputee models to online communities for the disabled and disabled street performers, more services and products are being created and geared to help integrate the physically disabled to live in what society has deemed as a normal, happy life. (Trend Hunter)
Here are some of these Innovations for Disabled
Eye the Piano
Eye Play the Piano is a system that allows a person to play the piano without the use of the hands or arms. An eye-tracking device mounts on the player’s head and allows them to select keys to play using eyesight, blinking and head movements. This innovations for Disabled uses “possibility of expression that everyone has”, use a head mounted display “FOVE” with a gaze tracking function, Develop an unprecedented “universal piano” that can be played without using hands or arms.Recognize the user’s gaze using FOVE’s gaze tracking function. By focusing on the note panel on the interface and blinking, The sound assigned to that panel can be played from the piano.The piano keyboard layout, which is supposed to be played by hand, has been rebuilt into an interface that is suitable for playing with a “line of sight”. By using both single-tone mode and chord mode, richer music performance is possible. The sound that can be assigned to each mode is a mechanism that the user can freely select.(The mighty
2. This anti-tremor spoon that helps people with Parkinson’s disease eat on their own:
Another innovations For Disabled is the Liftware Base Stabilizer spoon. The utensil allows people who live with essential tremors or Parkinson’s disease to feed themselves and more comfortably eat on their own.
See also: Assistive Devices
3. Kenguru Electric Car
Wheelchair users have driven cars for a long time — various adaptations and modifications allow for more accessibility. But there’s a major disadvantage: Most people need to collapse their wheelchairs and transfer themselves into the vehicle, which can be time-consuming and difficult.
The Kenguru — from founder and CEO Stacy Zoern, who struggles with muscular atrophy — is an electric car in which drivers can remain in their wheelchairs. It’s considered a “community car,” only reaching 25 miles per hour (the legal maximum for such a car), meant for nearby errands. this is one of the most important innovations for disabled
4.. SMART Belt
People with epilepsy experience seizures at any time, often without warning. In May 2013, senior engineering students at Rice University in Texas developed the Seizure Monitoring and Response Transducer (SMART) belt to detect signs of seizures. It can also wirelessly send messages to guardians or caretakers.
The Smart Belt is meant for ages six and up, and is still in development at the time of this writing. (Smart Belt)
See also: Autism
5. Braille Smartphone
We’ve seen cellphones with braille number keys, but what about touchscreen smartphones? Sumit Dagar, a 2011 Ted Fellow, is developing a phone with a screen comprised of a grid of pins. When the user receives a message, the pins form shapes and characters using “Shape Memory Alloy” technology. one of thw Most important inventions for Disabled was released in 2013 (Mashable)
6. iBot Stair-Climbing Wheelchair
DEKA Research & Development, founded by Dean Kamen, created the iBot with wheelchair users in mind. Standard wheelchairs, manual or motorized, often cannot handle rough terrains.
The iBot not only navigates any terrain, it can go up and down staircases with its self-balancing technology, and even “stand” (elevate at eye level).
7. Be My Eyes
A nonprofit called Be My Eyes has created an app that allows people with visual impairment to take live video of objects and writing they need help deciphering and send it to sighted volunteers who can describe the objects or read the text aloud, according to the app’s description on iTunes. A person with visual impairments can request help for anything from reading a label to identifying dangerous objects in their surroundings, all using the camera on their smartphone.
See also: Blind Art
8. Prostethic Legs
Oscar Pistorius of South Africa is a runner. He has no legs. They were amputated at the knee. However he has overcome this seemingly insurmountable challenge opting for prostethic limbs. His new legs are so fantastic that he is able to do anything someone on two legs can accomplish… and sometimes even better! In fact, Oscar’s prostethic limbs use such advanced technology that he may be barred from competing in the Olympics on claims that his prostethics give him an unfair advantage! (TrendHunter)
9. Disability Friendly Gym
Another Innovations for Disabled is Disability Friendly Gym
A winner of the James Dyson Award, “The Access” is a universal home gym, designed for able-bodied users, as well as those with various physical disabilities. The multiple adapters and flexible design allow so many configurations that it can accommodate many more body types than other fitness equipment commonly found at recreation and fitness centers.
One of the most notable features is the button-operated weight selection, which is much more convenient than inserting or pulling out a pin. This is clearly beneficial for those users with manual coordination difficulties.
See also: Blindness
10. Look at me
Some people with autism struggle to initiate and maintain eye-contact, so reading emotions of the people around them is more difficult. To help combat this problem, Samsung and a team of scientists developed an interactive camera app called Look At Me. The app encourages children to make eye contact with a parent or guardian through the use of the smart phone camera and helps keep them motivated through a points system, themed missions and various sound and visual effects. (The mighty)
11. Tongue Mapping App
A research team at Colorado State University has developed a process for using the tongue’s nerves to interpret electrical signals which represent sounds. Here’s how it works: Audio, the word “cat,” for example, is taken from an earpiece microphone and turned into electrical signals that are sent to a mouthpiece using Bluetooth technology. The mouthpiece then creates a signal or pattern on the tongue that represents “cat.” Eventually, the brain will subconsciously identify that pattern as meaning the word “cat.” This is an important innovations for Disabled.
12. Lucy 4 Keyboard
Another innovations for Disabled is Lucy 4 Keyboard. With the Lucy 4 keyboard, people with limited or no use of their hands can operate a computer. The user mounts a battery-operated laser pointer on his glasses or headband, then selects keys on the custom stand-up keyboard.
A woman named Janine, who has cerebral palsy, created Lucy, and she even made the website and an introductory video using her invention. The Lucy 4 keyboard allows people with disabilities to compute, while lessening fatigue.