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Fly-inspired tech could find use in better hearing aids

When it comes to animals with good hearing, flies might not be the first one you’d think of. The Ormia ochracea fly, however, has a unique hearing mechanism that allows it to precisely determine the location of a cricket based… Read more →

Robot carers and exoskeletons: Latest disability tech


Based on a pneumatic backpack, this “muscle suit” exoskeleton can lift 40 kilograms or more and was designed by Japanese engineers to aid the nation’s ageing population. Already 100 of these suits are being tested as possible home-based care… Read more →

ChronoDose smart nicotine patch to help prevent cravings

Nicotine patches have helped a lot of people to quit smoking, but they are not terribly well targeted to people’s cravings because they provide a steady stream of nicotine rather than supplying it when needed. A company called Chrono Therapeutics… Read more →

Talk breathes new life into the alternative communication device market

Talk is an augmentative and alternative communication device that allows people to spell out words using different lengths of breath

For people with disabilities that affect their ability to speak, communicating with others can be very difficult. A new device… Read more →

Zinger is claimed to be the world’s lightest electric wheelchair

The Zinger weighs 38 pounds, and folds down to go in a car

For people who are almost entirely unable to walk, a powerful heavy-duty electric wheelchair is sometimes necessary. For folks who simply have limited mobility, however, often all… Read more →

Pairing a mechanical device with stroke patients

The repetitive facilitation exercise (RFE) is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. Stroke hemiparesis individuals are not able to move that part of their body because they cannot create a strong… Read more →

MIT adds two robotic fingers to the human hand

Earlier this month, we heard about an MIT project in which test subjects were equipped with an extra set of robotic arms in order to help them perform tasks. While the technology is certainly intriguing, some people might find the… Read more →

Intuitive Surgical exec: Here is why robotic surgery is useful

Intuitive Surgical is the maker of the Da Vinci Surgical System, a robot used in prostate removal and other surgical procedures. There, Dr. Mohr develops new surgical procedures and evaluates new technologies for improving surgical outcomes. She submitted this piece in response… Read more →

FingerReader helps visually impaired read in real-time

Our age-old instinct to point at things we’d like to know more about has inspired a device that assists the visually impaired consume written text. FingerReader is a 3D-printed device that is worn as a ring on the index finger… Read more →

Silicone sensors give robot fingers the human touch

Robot arms that can feel as well as grip are on the way, but developing a bionic nervous system is

expensive and complicated. Is there an easier, cheaper way to bring enhanced dexterity to an android’s digits? One Hungarian start-up… Read more →

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