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#76 Hi-tech Access

Hi-tech Access

Technology is helping to open the world up to people from all walks of life.  It seems that every area of design is impacted: cell phones, eye wear, education, sports equipment, the list goes on.

Excitingly, technology has particularly made a difference to those living with access needs in a variety of ways from assistive through to educational. Here’s a selection of great gadgets we’ve come across recently.

Kenguru Electric Car

What better way to extend the world past your front gate than with a vehicle that totally complements your needs? We love the Kenguru Electric Car for that very reason. Built for people who use wheelchairs, the car is designed to be extremely convenient. Check out this great demonstration video of the car in action (and it comes in Be. Accessible yellow!).

iConverse

Accessibility apps is a growing market in the smartphone world. One that we liked was, iConverse. It’s designed to help those with communicative challenges engage with those around them and because it’s used on smart phones, it can be very discreet for whomever is using it.  The app displays six simple images that represent a person’s most basic needs, they can then click on the image to demonstrate to their caregiver what they need.

Assistive technology for Sports

Assistive technology for sports is hardly a new thing, but we’re glad that it’s an area that continues to grow. Sport and fitness is so important, not just for your body’s health, but also for your mind’s. It can be as elaborate as handcycles and lightweight wheelchairs, or as minimal as using mitts with Velcro straps to help you grip a machine.

iBot

The iBot is a wheelchair that’s been designed to navigate up stairs, travel over multiple terrains and can raise itself up (balancing on just two wheels) to stand at eye level. It can do all these things because it contains patterned dynamic stabilization technology. Soon stairs will no longer be an obstacle.  

Smart Belt
The Smart Belt is a great new product that’s helping access citizens with Epilepsy. It’s a fairly new technology that monitors a person’s respiration and electrodermal activity. If anything unusual is picked up, the SMART belt can send alerts to caregivers at the onset of a seizure meaning that essential care can be administered immediately.