Category Archives: Promising component

Look, Mazda, no hands

The Swing Pro Solo Auto concept basically does away with the steering wheel. Instead, you make the car turn simply by leaning in the direction you want to go. This has obvious benefits for upper-limb amputees and anyone who has … Continue reading

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ShapeWriter

ShapeWriter is a mainstream iPhone/Pod/Pad app that lets users perform data entry by gliding a finger (or a capacitive-friendly stylus?) across a virtual keyboard, which is likely to be accommodating for a range of people with dexterity disabilities who find … Continue reading

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Eye candy

Eyegaze technology has long been a specialized input option for individuals with near-total paralysis, but it’s been expensive, cumbersome, and not always reliable. Now researchers at Dartmouth have come up with a promising mainstream–mainstream!!–eyegaze technology for the Nokia tablet. We’re … Continue reading

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Lycra rolling stone

Here’s an interesting addition to the realm of gesture-based technology: Lycra gloves decorated with 20 multicolored patches. The colors are not just…umm…fashionable, they also help the gesture be matched more easily to a prerecorded image database and therefore be interpreted … Continue reading

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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

We were going to just laud the push towards real-time cell phone video as being good for sign language conversing and leave it there. But with the omnipresent development of apps, there is also potential for enhanced augmentative communication–imagine, for … Continue reading

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Mind field

As usual, a proposed “thought-controlled technology” will probably be run in practice via other physical capabilities. That doesn’t mean we’re not looking forward to some of the hands-free environmental control strategies being developed by Japanese researchers, including the ability to … Continue reading

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