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Florida Company Using ORNL Technology For Revolutionary Wheelchair
... the barriers faced every day by people in powered wheelchairs
may soon be removed because of an invention licensed to a new company in Florida by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Cybertrax Innovative Technologies of Tampa plans to introduceits revolutionary, omnidirection...
Walking, Climbing Wheelchair
... and cruise along sandy beaches where conventional wheelchairs
bog down. Vijay Kumar, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Penn, developed the vehicle with support from The Whitaker Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Kumar said he began to think about alt...
New Rehabilitative Device Combines Form And Function For Children With Mobility Impairments
...ith Darlexx (a soft,hypoallergenic fabric used for wheelchairs
and wetsuits), the gelconforms better with a child's body and allows pressure to dissipate,preventing irritation. Tierney began experimenting with prone standers as a senior thesisproject in January 1997. "Besides gaining more experience with humanf...
Prosthetic limb to be controlled by microchip: Agreement signed to create smart leg
...o maintain active lives rather than be confined to wheelchairs
or rest homes. The leg is intended to simulate a human gait whether on uphill, downhill, or even irregular terrain. To do so, a microprocessor-controlled module implanted in the leg will respond to sensor input from multiple sources. The microproc...
Roadmaps & Rampways
...re either blind or deaf, or they may get around in wheelchairs
or have learning disabilities. But their disabilities do not define them, and have not stopped them from taking jobs as biologists, computer scientists, mechanical engineers, and aerospace scientists. Roadmaps and Rampways, released last month by th...
Rory Cooper, PhD receives the highest award offered by U.S. Dept. Of Veterans Affairs
...in from secondary disabilities. He has streamlined wheelchairs
and through his advocacy efforts has improved acce...quality products and services for veterans who use wheelchairs
and improving community integration. Dr. Cooper is recognized as one of the world's foremost authori...
UT Southwestern scientists discover link between infections in mothers and brain injuries in babies
...g from brain injuries must use braces, walkers, or wheelchairs
as they get older. Other UT Southwestern contributors to the study were Dr. Abbot Laptook, professor of pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology; and Dr. Hasan Jafri, assistant professor of pediatrics. Dr. Lina Shalak, the principal author of the st...
Exercise and recreation for people with mobility impairments
...on speed reduces shoulder strain in adult users of wheelchairs
Examines daily wheelchair propulsion activity ass...of repetitive strain injuries at the shoulder. The wheelchairs
of 27 adults with paraplegia were instrumented with wheels that measured applied hand force and torq...
Study: Stroke victims may retain continuous motion ability
...erebellum damage, we might want to create electric wheelchairs
they can steer by varying the speed at which they turn a small crank, for example," he said. "Some of the best societal value of research like this is that it can allow us to consider more innovative and appropriate ways to help people."...
Innovative shuttle bus debuts in Washington, D.C.
... ramp can be extended to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs
and with strollers. The bus also has a retractable roof to allow passengers greater visibility to the outdoors. Another optional feature is tracks replacing tires for traveling over snow in winter. This first bus is a model for Yellowstone National P...
Genetic model for devastating form of paraplegia suggests new treatments
... 10,000 people in the United States to walkers and wheelchairs
indicates that instability in the microscopic scaffolding within a key set of nerve cells is the cause of this devastating disability.The study, which is published in the July 13 issue of the journal Current Biology , provides a provocative new insi...
Wheelchairs biomechanics, prosthetic development
...m (SWCS). The SWCS was evaluated on four different wheelchairs
using an array of specific navigation tasks and a ...SWCS can be added to a variety of commercial power wheelchairs
to provide independent mobility to individuals with severe physical, perceptual or cognitive impairm...
University of Alberta researcher looks for clues to mysterious disease
...ell. "Sadly, many of the people with A-T end up in wheelchairs
and most die young (I think there is a fair range). Soon after the onset of A-T, children lose their ability to write and speech becomes slow and slurred. Reading eventually becomes impossible because eye movements are too hard to control. Other ...