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An electric one-seater offers people with limited mobility freedom of movement at the airport. But what if steering is impossible?

Enter a Canadian startup which has developed smart earbuds for people with a range of disabilities. Integrated gyroscopic and muscle and brainwave sensors capture the smallest head movements made by the wearer.

Like a language, these micro-gestures – a raised eyebrow, slightly turning one’s face to the left – represent various commands. The earbuds analyse the movement and send a corresponding signal by bluetooth to coupled devices.

To steer an electric wheelchair, say, send an email or switch off the light. No need for a mouse, keyboard or joystick.

Another tool is using vibration to guide people with visual impairments.

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