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The smartChair is a Nano 33 IoT-based stand-up and walking aid

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — September 2nd, 2021 Over time, people age and naturally tend to lose some or most of their mobility, leading to a need for a wheelchair, walker, or other assistive device. This led hitesh.boghani to submit his project, which he calls the smartChair, to element14’s Design for a Cause 2021 contest. This build features a sort […]

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Speak4Me is an eye-to-speech module designed to assist those unable to communicate verbally

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — September 1st, 2021 People who suffer from physical disabilities that leave them unable to speak or communicate effectively can end up frustrated or largely ignored. In response to this issue, Hackaday users Malte, Marco, and Tim R wanted to create a small device that can turn small eye movements into simple commands and phrases for easier […]

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This system uses machine learning and haptic feedback to enable deaf parents to communicate with their kids

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — June 10th, 2021 For the hearing impaired, communicating with others can be a real challenge, and this is especially problematic when it is a deaf parent trying to understand what their child needs, as the child is too young to learn sign language. Mithun Das was able to come up with a novel […]

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This dad built an adaptive USB keyboard for his son and other kids with muscular conditions

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — June 3rd, 2021 Having a disability can severely impact one’s ability to perform tasks that others do regularly, such as eating, walking, or even speaking. One maker by the name of ‘gtentacle‘ has a son who needs to use a ventilator constantly in order to breathe as he suffers from a myotubular […]

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Magpie MIDI is an adaptive harmonica-style computer interface

Reading Time: 2 minutes Magpie MIDI is an adaptive harmonica-style computer interface Arduino Team — September 15th, 2020 For those with certain physical restrictions, interfacing with a computer can be a difficult task. As a possible solution, Shu Takahashi and Pato Montalvo have come up with the Magpie MIDI hands-free interface. The adaptive tool, inspired in part by a harmonica, has […]

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Upgrading a ride-on car to a joystick-controlled assistive device

Reading Time: 2 minutes Upgrading a ride-on car to a joystick-controlled assistive device Arduino Team — January 9th, 2020 Child-sized wheelchairs can be difficult to come by, and unfortunately aren’t as much fun as something like a ride-on car. The South Eugene Robotics Team, or FRC2521, decided to address both challenges by building a mini Jeep augmented for kids […]

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GesturePod is a clip-on smartphone interface for the visually impaired

Reading Time: 2 minutes GesturePod is a clip-on smartphone interface for the visually impaired Arduino Team — November 6th, 2019 Smartphones have become a part of our day-to-day lives, but for those with visual impairments, accessing one can be a challenge. This can be especially difficult if one is using a cane that must be put aside in order […]

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Communicate using your ear with Orecchio

Reading Time: 2 minutes Communicate using your ear with Orecchio Arduino Team — October 23rd, 2018 When conversing face-to-face, there are a wide range of other emotions and inflections conveyed by our facial and body expressions. But what if you can’t express emotion this way, whether due to a physical impairment, or simply because of a covering—like a dust […]

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DualPanto is a non-visual gaming interface for the blind

Reading Time: 2 minutes DualPanto is a non-visual gaming interface for the blind Arduino Team — October 22nd, 2018 While there are tools that allow the visually impaired to interact with computers, conveying spacial relationships, such as those needed for gaming, is certainly a challenge. To address this, researchers have come up with DualPanto. As the name implies, the […]

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Ariadne Headband is a wearable device for haptic navigation

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ariadne Headband is a wearable device for haptic navigation Arduino Team — September 17th, 2018 In a new take on haptic navigation, makers Vojtech Pavlovsky and Tomas Kosicek have come up with a novel feedback system called the “Ariadne Headband.” This device—envisioned for use by people with visual impairments, as well as those that simply […]

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Robust wheelchair model with treads!

Reading Time: < 1 minute Robust wheelchair model with treads! Arduino Team — September 14th, 2018 Most people accept that a wheelchair is, in fact, a chair with wheels. This, however, didn’t stop recent Galileo Galilei Technical Institute graduate Davide Segalerba from turning this concept on its head and producing a “wheelchair” scale model driven instead by a pair of […]

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Sip and puff Morse code entry with Arduino

Reading Time: < 1 minute Sip and puff Morse code entry with Arduino Arduino Team — September 10th, 2018 Those that need a text entry method other than a traditional keyboard and mouse often use a method where a character is selected, then input using a sip or puff of air from the user’s mouth. Naturally this is less than […]

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Notable Board Books are an Arduino-powered way to enjoy music

Reading Time: < 1 minute Notable Board Books are an Arduino-powered way to enjoy music Arduino Team — August 6th, 2018 Annelle Rigsby found that her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is delighted to hear familiar songs. While Annelle can’t always be there to help her enjoy music, she and her husband Mike came up with what they call the […]