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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 →

3D-printed ring reads out text in real-time for the blind

A team from MIT’s Media Lab has developed a 3D-printed device worn like a ring that reads out any text it is scanned across.

The FingerReader has been three years in the making, but the team from the Fluid Interfaces… Read more →

EarlySense Chair Sensor Monitors Vitals Through The Butt

EarlySense (Waltham, MA) has been making non-invasive, and practically invisible, patient monitors for a few years now. These have allowed clinicians to keep a close eye on patients without having to attach any sensors to their bodies. EarlySense monitors have… Read more →

‘Bionic eye’ lets blind man ‘see’ again

As a teenager, Roger Pontz’s eyesight began to fail. Doctors told him there was nothing they could do to save his vision and over the years his sight deteriorated until, by the age of 40, he was completely blind. Pontz… Read more →

MIT researchers augment humans with extra robotic arms

Featured in comic books since 1963, Dr. Octopus, or “Doc Ock” is an enemy of Spiderman with four extra robotic arms attached to his back that assist him in his nefarious plans. That vision of humans with extra limbs –… Read more →

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