Technology

Waterproof Power Wheelchair May Be Headed To Market

PITTSBURGH — Years ago in Germany, Rory Cooper learned from the director of a production, engineering and automation institute about motors powered by compressed air. It got him thinking. Most wheelchairs are heavy, run on batteries with lots of electronics involved. They do work well — but only if they stay dry. Read more: https://www.disabilityscoop.com

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How an app helps the visually impaired navigate the world

TORONTO – For most of us, location-based augmented reality apps might be considered “nice to have”, entertaining technology that conjures up images of last summer’s Pokémon Go craze. But for blind and visually impaired people, the use of augmented reality technology in audio-based navigation apps can provide a safer and often liberating way to travel…

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Wearable Tech to Decode Sign Language

By Ben Gruber Reuters, December 2, 2015 www.reuters.com College Station, TX – The communication barrier between deaf people who use sign language and those that don’t understand it may be coming to an end thanks to a new wearable technology being developed at Texas A&M University. […] View entire article: www.reuters.com

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Text with 9-1-1 rolls out in Toronto

Cartt.ca – CABLE & TELECOM TORONTO – Members of the deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired (DHHSI) community now have the ability to reach 9-1-1 services in the city of Toronto through the Text with 9-1-1 service (T9-1-1), Toronto Police Services said Monday. T9-1-1 is a service that allows members of the DHHSI community…

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Research on Disability and Mobile Technology – participants needed

A PhD student in the Sociology Department at Queen’s University is looking for individuals to participate in a study on disability and mobile technology. Title of Project: Disability in the Digital Age: Reconfiguring Access, Inclusion and Equality within Information Environments. The study examines how people with disabilities use mobile computing devices (such as smartphone and…

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