Isn’t technology amazing?  There are people around the world who are working on hundreds of items to make the lives of people with disabilities easier and more affordable; here are just a few.

“Smartchair” remote controlled power wheelchair – in development 11/2015

An Ottawa computer engineer is developing a power wheelchair users can move around with a smartphone or remote control with voice commands.

Ke Wang Smartchair Power Wheelchair

Ke Wang says it feel great to potentially be able to improve the lives of power wheelchair users. Ke Wang has used a power wheelchair since he was struck by an SUV while waiting for a bus around 10 years ago. Wang said he was frustrated with always needing help to move his chair away and back again when he gets off it to watch TV from the couch or go to the bathroom.

“I’m looking at the chair, I can see the chair, it’s right there, but there’s nothing I can do about it. And that’s when I thought ‘I can make this happen,'” he said in a recent interview. “I thought I can do some alteration on the wheelchair that solves the problem a lot of people like me face and at the same time, keep me busy, keep my skill, feel a sense of accomplishment, as well. That’s how this whole thing started.”  Click here to read the whole article.

“Fitbit” for wheelchair users? – In concept Aug, 2015

Fitness trackers are great if you’re planning on running, walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, and so on. However these are activities done by people who have perfectly functional legs, so what about those who are disabled and are in wheelchairs? Does that mean that they don’t get to take full advantage of trackers?

Thankfully that does not appear to be the case, thanks to a company called Chaotic Moon who helped develop a tracker called Freewheel which is designed for users in wheelchairs, which was largely inspired by the company’s in-house content strategist Tyler Hively who is in a wheelchair himself. The end result is a tracker built into a wheelchair that contains sensors such as gyroscope, barometer, and an accelerometer.  Click here to read the entire article.

3D printed prosthetic hands!! 

The aim of the Open Hand Project is to make robotic prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees.

Leading prosthetics can cost up to $100,000. By using emerging technologies like 3D printing, we can cut that down to under $1000. That’s two orders of magnitude cheaper, and means that these devices can reach a far broader audience!

Have you heard of any upcoming technology?  Let us know at info@abilitycenter.com!