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  • Bionic Movements: Connecting Mind and Machine

    When you lose the use of a limb, even the simplest of daily tasks can turn into a challenge. High-tech devices can help restore independence. New technologies are even making it possible to connect the mind to an artificial limb. These artificial limbs are called bionic prosthetic devices.

    “To get back some of that lost function, you need some sort of assistive tool or technology to either enhance recovery or restore the capability of the anatomy that’s missing now,” says Dr. Nick Langhals, who oversees NIH-supported prosthetic engineering research.

    This fast-moving research aims to improve people’s lives by restoring both movement and feeling.

  • More Companies Are Using Artificial Intelligence To Create Assistive Technology For People With Disabilities.

    September 13, 2018
    The AP (9/13, Kirka) reports “startups and companies like Microsoft and Google” are trying “to harness the power of artificial intelligence to make life easier for people with disabilities.” The article says the need for assistive products will increase “as the world’s population ages, increasing the number of people with physical, cognitive, vision and hearing problems, according to a WHO report published this year,” and companies are starting to “recognize the financial potential of the market.” The piece adds that artificial intelligence and decreasing hardware costs “are making it possible for inventors to develop new products without the need for the deep pockets of governments or corporations.”

    See the full article here

    Reprinted with permission from The Administration for Community Living