If nothing else, it works towards creating solutions for all of the problems faced by the individuals inventing them (or loved ones close to them). Some would say that these inventions are "impossible" but you know that we all promote more reasons to "Believe in the Impossible!" Perhaps not ideal solutions for those living with hydranencephaly, but any progress to promote independence, and ability despite inability, is reason for us to share!
...original list published on Mashable, by Matt Petronzio
- 2. SMART Belt
People with epilepsy experience seizures at any time, often without warning. In May 2013, senior engineering students at Rice University in Texas developed the Seizure Monitoring and Response Transducer (SMART) belt to detect signs of seizures. It can also wirelessly send messages to guardians or caretakers.
The Smart Belt is meant for ages six and up, and is still in development at the time of this writing.
VIDEO: YOUTUBE, RICEUNIVERSITY
3. Braille Smartphone
We've seen cellphones with braille number keys, but what about touchscreen smartphones? Sumit Dagar, a 2011 TED Fellow, is developing a phone with a screen comprised of a grid of pins. When the user receives a message, the pins form shapes and characters using "Shape Memory Alloy" technology.
Dagar hopes to release the phone by the end of 2013, with a price of $185.
4. Lucy 4 Keyboard
With the Lucy 4 keyboard, people with limited or no use of their hands can operate a computer. The user mounts a battery-operated laser pointer on his glasses or headband, then selects keys on the custom stand-up keyboard.
A woman named Janine, who has cerebral palsy, created Lucy, and she even made the website and an introductory video using her invention. The Lucy 4 keyboard allows people with disabilities to compute, while lessening fatigue.
The executive director of assistive tech company Touch the Future recently gave a demonstration of the Lucy 4 keyboard at the Abilities Expo in Atlanta, Ga. Prices vary according to insurance policies and taxes.
VIDEO: YOUTUBE, LUCYKEYBOARD