App makes New York City more accessible for wheelchair users

There’s a lot going on in big cities, but often people with disabilities miss out because venues and amenities don’t have adequate facilities for wheelchair users. London already has its Blue Badge Style app that identifies the coolest places that cater for those in wheelchairs, and now Wheely aims to be a handy interactive guide for disabled people living in NYC. READ MORE…

The OrCam is Google Glass for the visually impaired

The Navatar app has already provided one way for those with sight problems to navigate their way around buildings using GPS-like technology. Now the OrCam is a headset that recognizes objects in the near environment, as well as hand gestures, delivering audio information to the wearer through bone conduction. READ MORE…

Timepiece can be used by blind and non-blind alike

The SCS 1000 has already adapted the wristwatch for improved accessibility, providing smart vibrating alerts for those who are hard of hearing. Now The Bradley is a timepiece that emphasizes inclusivity among the blind and non-blind, using magnets and ball bearings to tell the time in both a visual and tactile manner. READ MORE…

App enables wheelchair users report abuse of disabled parking spaces

Innovations such as Accessibility View have helped wheelchair users to easily find their way around the city, but sometimes these facilities aren’t available – for example if disabled parking spaces are taken up by those without a licence to use them. Parking Mobility is an app that empowers disabled people to report abuse of reserved spaces, while also raising money for relevant charities. READ MORE…

Listings site aims to be Craigslist for disabled people

Disabled residents of London have already been kept aware of some of the stylish events happening at locations with access for wheelchair users through the Blue Badge Style platform. In a similar vein, New York-based Ability List is now hoping to become the Craigslist for less able people. READ MORE…

Mouth-controlled stylus makes touch devices accessible to disabled users

Much the way the Splash line of games uses special controllers to increase accessibility for disabled kids, so the Griffin MouthStick Stylus aims to provide wider access to touchscreen devices. Specifically, the mouth-controlled stylus aims to help those with limited use of their hands enjoy the benefits of smartphones and tablets based on touch technology. READ MORE…

Controllers make educational games accessible for physically disabled kids 

We’ve already seen projects such as Limbs Alive use gaming to enable recovery for stroke victims. Focusing instead on those with life-long conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the Splash range of games uses special controllers to make it easier for kids to play, while also offering education in an array of subjects. READ MORE…

In London, app identifies cool venues open to wheelchair users

We’ve already seen Xeni Collection offer a fashion range of elegant clothing for those with low mobility, and now UK-based app Blue Badge Style aims to identify those establishments which are fashionable at the same time as remaining accessible for wheelchair users. READ MORE…

From Japan, a device that helps disabled kids move independently

Devices that help disabled people to get around haven’t been updated too much in the past few decades – but we have seen a few innovations in this area such as AMS Mekatronic’s Tek RMD. With this in mind, researchers at the Polytechnic University in Tokyo have developed the Magic Carpet, a machine that enables young children with walking problems to experience moving around independently and get them used to the wheelchairs they will eventually need to use. READ MORE…

Robotic device helps disabled people to independently stand and travel with ease

New technologies are constantly being developed with the aim of improving mobility for those with paralysis and we’ve already seen add-ons for the traditional wheelchair such as Japan’s standard-to-electric converter, WHILL. Arriving with an entirely new concept however is Turkey-based AMS Mekatronic with the Tek RMD, a ‘Robotic Mobilization Device’ which enables paraplegic people to sit or stand with no outside help. READ MORE…

From Japan, add-on turns manual wheelchairs into electric ones

Electric wheelchairs have brought new mobility to disabled individuals around the world, but with prices typically starting at around USD 1,000, they’re not within reach for everyone. That’s where WHILL comes in, with an attachment that converts traditional wheelchairs into electric ones. READ MORE…

Braille-writing software for touchscreen devices

Every summer the Army High-Performance Computing Research Center (AHPCRC) invites a select group of undergraduates from across the US to a two-month advanced computing programme at Stanford University. There they must compete to find a solution to a tasked challenge. This year’s winning creation was a piece of software that enables the visually-impaired to write using a standard touchscreen tablet. READ MORE…

App facilitates communication for users unable to speak

Regular readers of Springwise may remember our article on the LookTel Money Reader app, which can announce the value of paper currency to blind users. In another example of app-based technology coming to the aid of disabled users, we recently came across Verbally, an iPad app which speaks typed sentences and words for users who are unable to talk. READ MORE…