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Inclusive Holidays

At birthday parties it’s candles, at Christmas time it’s lights. This December, the city of Madrid is giving people with visual and intellectual disabilities the chance to enjoy the magic of Christmas. A research team from Carlos University has developed an app which stores 31 yuletide visiting points. Once the tracking system is activated, users can choose one of...

Assured assistance

For a beach holiday we search for a hotel overlooking the sea. People with limited mobility, however, don’t always know what awaits them on site. Now a startup from Italy is aiming to change that with its tailored search engine. So far, users can carry out an Italy-wide search for accommodation, offices or cuisine that meet specific requirements regarding...

Access all areas

Sometimes all you need is the right support. In the field of eSports, for example. Now, a startup from Missouri has developed a keyboard which gives children with intellectual or physical disabilities the means to operate a computer. The board has 11 keys, which, when used in combination, can create letters, or be used as a mouse. The device...

Comforting time-out

When things get on top of us, we look for peace and serenity. A designer from France has created a chair specially aimed at preventing people within the Autism spectrum from experiencing sensory-overload. The cocoon-like chair is equipped with noise-absorbing, plain cushions which can be inflated at the touch of a button. The resulting pressure on the torso and...

Extraordinary appearance

Children grow up knowing what they want to be. Many end up realizing their dreams. Take this young man from Leeds, for example. Born with an extra chromosome, his parents encouraged him that anything was possible from an early age. Now 20, he is about to embark on a career for a major UK children’s TV channel - becoming...

Game strength

Playing an instrument requires dexterity and lots of practice. People whose arm strength has been compromised, because of a stroke, for example, are often reliant on physiotherapy. Special sensors can help retrain patients' grip. But the speed at which arm strength can be rebuilt depends on the availability and cost of appointments. A research team from Imperial College, London,...

A good hand

A baby can respond to touch in the womb. It’s the first sense to develop, and for blind people it is particularly important. Now, a bioengineering graduate from Boston is developing a robotic hand that will enable deaf-blind people to communicate without the need for an interpreter. Her hand is computer-controlled and designed to produce tactile sign language. The...

Sensitive training

Gloves protect us from injury or the cold. The odd pair can even make sign language audible. Now, thanks to an innovative engineering team at MIT, there is a glove that can measure tactile dexterity. Equipped with microscopic gold filaments, the glove’s specially developed sensors, which use the ions from human sweat, can register even the smallest of changes....

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