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Environmental and Assistive Engineering

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Transcense App Transcribes Everyday Conversations for Deaf Folks (VIDEO)

While deaf and hard of hearing people would probably love to listen to the cardinal’s song, in practice it is not being able to hear the song of humans that is particularly difficult and frustrating. A new app aims to… Read more →

Man Locked-In After Stroke Communicates Again via Brain-Computer Interface

Finding yourself “locked-in” due to disease or injury is probably one of the most frightening and mentally challenging situations a person can find oneself in. Until recently, these patients had little to hope for, but things are quickly changing as a… Read more →

Prosthetic hand recreates feeling of cotton bud touch

For the first time, a prosthesis has allowed people missing a hand to perceive a natural sense of touch that we so often take for granted. So good is the sensation that one man, on leaving the lab where he… Read more →

Nearly Half of All Seniors Need Help With Daily Activities, Far More Than We Thought

Nearly 18 million older adults, or nearly half of everyone 65 and older, report that they need some assistance with routine daily activities. That’s significantly more than generally believed and suggests that the burden on families and the overall care… Read more →

HelloSpoon Mealtime Robot Helps Those That Can’t Feed Themselves

Old age and disease can make it difficult to use upper extremities, often leaving people who can’t use dining utensils to rely on others to feed them. Luis Garcia, a mechanical engineer in Mexico, has developed a new device that… Read more →

Invisaband bracelet claimed to make you undetectable to mosquitoes

Lathering yourself in smelly, mosquito-repelling lotions might not be ideal, but it’s better than those itchy red swellings that pop up on any skin left exposed …. not to mention the fact that these blood-sucking pests are better than most… Read more →

Researchers create speech-to-text software for Google Glass to help hard-of-hearing users

A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech is converted… Read more →

Jolt sensor allows for real-time sports head impact assessment

Jolt (St. Louis, MO), is developing a head-worn sensor to better diagnose sports related concussions. The Jolt sensor, which originated as an engineering lab project at MIT, consists of a small clip that can attach to sports headgear such as… Read more →

Paralyzed Rats Take 1,000 Steps, Orchestrated by Computer

A paralyzed rat takes steps. It is under the control of a computer attached to its spinal cord. It’s a strange sight: a paralyzed rat walking on its hind legs in a precise cadence, all controlled by a computer. “It… Read more →

Pulley mechanism implant to better restore hand function

We’ve seen a number of robotic prosthetic hands intended for amputees, but what about those that still have their hands but have lost function through nerve damage? Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have tackled the problem and come up… Read more →

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