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Elevated standing

Thanks to an app people with disabilities can date on an equal footing. And soon the same could be true for wheelchair users - at work and at home. A Lithuanian startup has developed a mobile device, which moves people from a sitting to a standing position at the touch of a button. The equipment is self-balancing and controlled...

Changing clarity

Some car tyres can adapt their size according to the terrain. Flexible walls mean flats can be easily converted. But eyewear that automatically adjusts focus between near and distant objects? Sounds unlikely, but it’s exactly the product a startup from Japan has recently developed together with a design firm. Before first use, consumers adjust the diopter for both integrated...

Moving control

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...

Cultural provision

Medical consultations can take place at the laundromat, while a platform is helping underrepresented groups obtain the health advice they need. But considerations surrounding social and/or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other cultural factors are just as important for those in need of care. Enter a New York-based startup, which has used decades-spanning research to identify the core elements...

Refreshingly remote

Whether it’s in the airport or on the road, inclusion is gaining ground. But for people with limited mobility, a dip in the sea still presents a significant challenge. Albeit not in Greece - thanks to a startup that provides automatic seawater access stations. At the beach, users can switch from their wheelchairs to a mobile sun lounger which...

Floating salvation

In dicey situations, fire-dousing robots or fire-fighting drones can save lives on both land and air. Now, thanks to a Portuguese startup and its remotely-operated life buoy, those in peril on the sea could expect help to come just as fast. With a turbine on each side, the U-shaped device has a top speed of 15 km/h and is...

Suitable care

One app offers disability assistance for those changing trains, while another helps those with Parkinson’s navigate the web. Now a startup from Berlin has created a platform which enables families to find caregivers for their loved ones. Carers are matched to a patient’s specific needs, and are subject to background checks - even when coming from abroad. Once chosen,...

Enhanced belonging

Modern maps show the location of former land borders. But worldwide, as many as 10 million people are classified as stateless. Now, a female founder from Munich without official nationality is aiming to change all that with her non-profit-organisation. Having no personal identification or passport makes everything tricky, not just travel. People can be stateless for a variety of...

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