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Robotic Guide Dog for the Blind

November 8th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Robotic Guide Dog for the Blind

Always seeking the new and weird, engadget reports on work being done in Japan to develop a mechanized canine using Microsoft Kinect technology. The quadrupedal robot can navigate flights of stairs, identify rough patches in a path and avoid obstacles with specially made bumper sensors. Check out these two videos of the device at work. […]

Digital Dreams to Solve Real Nightmares

October 28th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Dreams to Solve Real Nightmares

A story this week from Wired describes the U.S. Army’s efforts to develop methods for digitally manufacturing dreams. The intention is to soothe the minds of combat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a serious affliction where nightmares affect 52% of the patient population. The idea is to “take control of … customized […]

What Steve Jobs Meant to Digital Outcasts

October 8th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

As most folks undoubtedly know, this week the world lost Steve Jobs after his quasi-secretive battle with pancreatic cancer. From a consumer standpoint, Jobs was arguably the most significant business figure of the past quarter century. A number of technology and innovation pundits have already published lengthy blog posts detailing what Jobs meant to the […]

FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

October 3rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

An article this week on NewScientist Health mentions a recent example of video game creators seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their products as therapeutic drugs. Brain Plasticity (who received $3.65 million in funding in 2010) is a company that has developed a game to help people with schizophrenia improve […]

iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

July 28th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

A piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday discussed the use of multitouch technology — such as that used in iPads, smartphones, and tablet devices — are being investigated as therapy for people living with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders. Researchers from three North American universities are developing therapeutic applications for these devices, branching […]

1 in 7 People on Earth Has a Disability

June 10th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on 1 in 7 People on Earth Has a Disability

According to a report distributed by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, and reported by National Public Radio, more than 1 billion people in the world are living with some sort of disability. This is roughly 15 percent of the world’s population. In fact, this number is expected to increase as the world’s […]