Assistive Tech for People With Disability
Assistive tech is playing a major role in improving the lives of people with disabilities. The assistive tech global market is moving towards $30.8 billion by 2024.
Here are three high-tech assistive tech inventions making life easier for people with disabilities:
A wheelchair that climbs stairs
Scewo is a startup that has built a wheelchair that is controlled using a smartphone. This wheelchair handles many types of terrain and has special rubber tracks for stair climbing.
This brilliant new invention will be available for purchase by the end of 2019. This will solve the issues of waiting for ramps to be built in many areas. This product gives back freedom and mobility for those with physical disabilities.
Robotic Exo-muscle Suit
This exomuscle suit is made from a combination of textiles and robotics. Wearable tech has never looked so sophisticated until now.
Thanks to the Zurich based startup MyosSwiss, this 5-kilogram garment adds a layer of muscle support movements that provides stability for people with mobility issues.
There are sensors at the knee and hip which detects any movement the wearer wants to make and assists with that.
Jaime Duarte, CEO of MyoSwiss says:
“it assists people that need extra force or extra assistance in their daily life”
The MyoSuit has already enabled two people with mobility problems to take part in relay marathon.
The WeWalk stick has an ultrasonic sensor that is above chest level and uses vibrations to warn user of any obstacles ahead. It is able to be paired with a smartphone and assist with navigation through voice assistance and Google Maps.
The World Health Organisation states that there are 39 million people globally that are blind and a quarter of a billion that are visually impaired.
Kursat Ceylan, a CEO, and founder of WeWalk says:
“but these people have been using just a plain stick”
Ceylan was born blind:
“as a blind person, when I am at the Metro station I don’t know which is my exit…. I don’t know which bus is approaching or which stores are around me. That kind of information can be provided with WeWalk.”