Category Archives: Transportation

Lean, baby, lean

Some folks at the Ithaca College Tots on Bots project have the AoMS philosophy down pat: They’ve taken Wii Balance Boards and builds them into tiny robotic wheelchairs. When a very young child with physical disabilities sits in the chair … Continue reading

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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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Welcome to the Hotel Call-lock-for-ya

Holiday Inn will soon be installing special room locks that open when you play a coded song for them from your smartphone.  Both the unlock tones and your room assignment will be sent to your phone automatically, so you can … Continue reading

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GPS crustation

Japanese drivers with left/right dyslexia have a new friend in NaviRobo, a small crab robot that syncs with the Pioneer GPS system and points its claws in the direction you’re supposed to go–a rather elegant non-verbal navigation strategy. The same … Continue reading

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Wii will all go together when we go

Here’s a cool hands-free wheelchair control setup, based off a Wii remote. It’s a high school science project for now, but has tremendous potential for being a low-cost commercial strategy that could significantly improve chair design. Engadget: Student moves quadriplegics … Continue reading

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All-encompassing

Back when we were a small nerdette, GPS took the form of a game where you would say “Hot” or “Cold” to indicate a searcher’s proximity to a target object. This is close to the idea behind the Kompis, which … Continue reading

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