Category Archives: Wearable Computing

iBeacon (Beacon) Technology

The term iBeacon and Beacon are often used interchangeably. iBeacon is the name for Apple’s technology standard, which allows Mobile Apps (running on both iOS and Android devices) to listen for signals from beacons in the physical world and react … Continue reading

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The Tap

Tap™ is an eyes-free one-handed wearable device allowing you to send data into Bluetooth devices by taping your fingers on ANY surface. Tap works by associating taps with letters as well as allowing users to perform standard VoiceOver gestures on … Continue reading

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Smartglasses for the visually impaired

A few years ago when a smart eyeglass product called Google Glass, a wearable computer with a head-mounted display, was introduced, many users liked the features such as taking clear high definition pictures and videos with their free hand, sending … Continue reading

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3D printing for disabled

Since I posted a blog about 3D printing in 2014, technology using 3D printing has continued to benefit disabled persons in increasing their independence and daily activities. One of the benefits of 3D printing for people with disabilities is that … Continue reading

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Honda Walking Assist Device

Honda Motor Co., Ltd has been working on the development of the Walking Assist Device since 1999. As with the ASIMO robot, Honda’s humanoid robot, the Walking Assist Device uses new control technologies. The Honda Walking Assist Device has been … Continue reading

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Wearable medical devices and sensors

Wearable technologies have been one of the exciting developments to expand possibilities in our daily life for everyone including persons with disabilities. You may be familiar with a wearable device like smartwatches that can provide real-time access to information online … Continue reading

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Mounting systems and holders

Mobile devices such as iOS and Android phones and tablets have become a necessity in our daily activities. These portable devices are popular among wheelchair users as well, but some users with limited hand dexterity face challenges to use their … Continue reading

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Speech Recognition

Speech recognition (SR) is the translation of spoken words into text vs. Text to speech (TTS) system converts normal language text into speech (Wikipedia). The speech or voice recognition feature (i.e. Siri or Google Now) has been added to many … Continue reading

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FingerReader

The FingerReader is a wearable prototype device that helps in reading printed text aloud. The device was in the news this spring, 2014.  Dr. Pattie Maes and the researchers at the MIT Media laboratory designed the prototype by using 3D-printing technology. Users scan a … Continue reading

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Wearable Ear Computer

Jody Ranck (GIGAOM Research, July 2012) reported that advances in materials science, battery power, augmented reality and chip evaluation have made the possibilities for wearables grow rapidly. These “Wearables” are commuting devices that are always on, always accessible and easily … Continue reading

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