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Environmental and Assistive Engineering

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Mind-control exoskeleton gives unprecedented paralysis recovery

An exoskeleton that enables movement and provides tactile feedback has helped eight paralysed people regain sensation and move previously paralysed muscles

“I FELT the ball!” yelled Juliano Pinto as he kicked off the Football World Cup in Brazil last year.… Read more →

UL researchers awarded €250,000 to develop assistive exoskeletons for older adults

Researchers at the Design Factors Research Group at the University of Limerick have been awarded €250,000 funding to develop an exoskeleton to assist older adults. The research will be carried out as part of the AXO-SUIT project, which will run… Read more →

Fallacious Quantification, Likert Scales, and the Ambiguity of Numbers: Adventures in Medical Device Usability

In many, many fields, the transition from a largely qualitative or intuitive basis for understanding (and prediction) to a quantitative basis for understanding has been extremely productive. Fields as diverse as bridge design, animal breeding, baseball, and, yes, human factors,… Read more →

Robotic Hands That Feel and Know What They’re Touching (VIDEO)

Engineers at University of California, Los Angeles are developing robotic hands with a sense of touch. While tactile sensors have been used before in order to create a rudimentary sense of touch, the UCLA team is taking this technology a… Read more →

Paralyzed Again

One night in 1982, John Mumford was working on an avalanche patrol on an icy Colorado mountain pass when the van carrying him and two other men slid off the road and plunged over a cliff. The other guys were… Read more →


Electronic Vest Lets Deaf People Hear With Their Torsos (VIDEO)

Neuroplasticity allows our brains to process new kinds of information that we normally can’t. Blind people who use echolocation to navigate are a perfect example of this. Researchers at Rice University are hoping that the same can work for deaf… Read more →


Unpowered ankle exoskeleton takes a load off calf muscles to improve walking efficiency

We might have started off in the water, but humans have evolved to be extremely efficient walkers, with a walk in the park being, well, a walk in the park. Human locomotion is so efficient that many wondered whether it… Read more →

US researchers demonstrate thought-controlled bionic hand

The team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand that was powered only by his thoughts

The technique, demonstrated with a 56-year-old man… Read more →


Pen for Parkinson’s makes writing easy again

Lucy Jung, Hwan Soo Jeon, Tian-jia Hsieh, Danny Walklin British design group Dopa Solutions has created the ARC pen, a writing implement specifically intended for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease who have motor control difficulties that affect their handwriting.

The group… Read more →


Biohackers develop night vision eye drops to see in the dark

It sounds like something from a science-fiction movie, but a biohacking group in California has managed to develop eye drops that temporarily give a human being excellent night vision. The chemicals used are still very much at the experimental stage… Read more →

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