Pokemon Go and Candy Crush can be fine if they go away, but technology is best when it helps improve the human condition. And 2017 is emerging as the year of technology that supports people with disabilities. We have synthesized some of the most attractive assisting technologies – as well as some products that are only intended to improve the lives of the rest of us.
If you worry about a loved one you will lose for years, then the smart stick can help you reduce anxiety. It looks pretty chic; it was designed by a well-known French walking stick manufacturer called Fayet and it includes some of the company’s smart technologies called Dring.
The end result is Smartcane. It is designed to learn the habits of its owners to inform you about their health. When unusual activity is detected, it sends an alert without requesting any further action. For example, if you have an elderly parent who misses a morning walk, the indicated caregiver will receive a warning. Similarly, if the rod is spilled, an accelerator and the integrated orbiter will know it. A warning is sent so you can check to make sure it’s not just a fallen stick.
Smartcane doesn’t just detect a single event, such as a fall or miss. It also identifies changes over time, such as less activity per day or if the user wakes up later each morning.
Smartcane does not need to connect to the smartphone to maintain a connection; it has its own GPS system and mobile radio. And it runs for several weeks on a battery charge. Smartcane won the Innovation Award at CES 2017.
Raphael Smart Gloves
Stroke recovery is a long and difficult process. Raphael smart gloves are designed to help stroke victims regain motor skills lost due to damage to the central nervous system. It works in the same way as tablet games that simulate the patient’s movement with the glove. These games help motivate patients to practice repetitive movement while increasing difficulty levels significantly as they improve
Smart Glove itself is more like a glove than a human hand. Made of elastic material, it is worn into your hands and contains sensors to measure force and various motions. Perfect, the company that makes Raphael Smart Gloves, said a bending sensor can measure the movement of each finger and “yield more than 5,900 data points per minute.”
The games used with Smart Glove are designed to bring efficiency and fun. Many people have a direct correlation with the real world because after all, the goal is to help someone recover from a stroke or injury to perform basic functions around the home. There are games where patients practice pouring alcohol, wiping tables, squeezing fruits, and lifting pans, among other games.
What is measured is the degree to which you can bend your wrist or the force level you can squeeze your hands. Through repetition, your ability to perform these basic actions is improved. Over time, you regain your movement. Patients can see their performance, including their current condition, progress, and improvement.
Perfect rent gloves along with tablets. Visit their website for more details.
ReSound ENZO2 is an ear hearing aid that transmits audio directly from iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and other iOS devices.
Most hearing aids require a large dongle to connect to electronic devices such as phones and tablets. They are hung through the neck or clamped to the shirt; they are hardly convenient. ReSound ENZO2 does not need to have such a dongle, as it connects wirelessly as a standard Bluetooth device.
ReSound ENZO2 also has an app designed to deliver a better, customizable listening experience. You can control the volume, bass, and tones, wind noise, filters, and microphone orientation. It even has a tracking feature in which it locates your lost hearing aid, as long as it remains connected to the device. (Hearing loss is more common than you think, so many people will welcome this feature.)
Hearing aids also work with Android and other non-iOS devices, but that requires the use of the company’s Phone Clip+, which is a wired protective device. Of course, this eliminates one of the biggest advantages of combining ReSound ENZO2 with the iPhone.
The EyeMobile Mini is designed to allow those who cannot use their hands to still use the computer. It gives you the power to control everything on your tablet or PC just by moving your eyes.
The device itself is an eye tracker located underneath your tablet. It plugs into your tablet via a USB cable and handles it all on its own (so it doesn’t make a request on your computer). All gestures you normally need to control your tablet or PC are converted to eye movement.
The EyeMobile Mini works with Windows 7, 8, or 10. The company recommends certain tablets more than others, including, first and fore importantly, the Dell Latitude 10, which is its “certified” tablet. However, it also recommends Microsoft Surface Pro, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, and Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T.
The device comes with a foldable desk mount for use on the table and a mounting plate so that it can be attached to a wheelchair. It retails for $2,350.
Open Sesame is an Android smartphone that doesn’t need touch interaction. Instead of using your hands, Open Sesame is controlled by using a combination of head and voice command movement. The project was started by CEO Oded Ben-Dov and Giora Livne, a former Israeli naval commander who suffered accidents and quadriplegia.
Open Sesame aims to operate intuitively. To open the smartphone, you say “Open Sesame”. Your phone is on and the front camera tracks your head. When you move your head, the cursor moves across the screen. It reacts with even mild head movement. When you hover over a place of interest, such as Gmail, the options open allowing you to access the app. To turn off the phone after it’s done, you say, “Sesame close phone.”
Four steps to using an Open Sesame smartphone.
Photo Credit: Open Sesame
Open Sesame has caught the attention of Google and the startup is engaged in a $1 million project funded by that tech company.
Joint and muscle pain? LumiWave infrared light therapy equipment may be for you. It uses low-level infrared light to relieve pain. It works by penetrating deep into the tissue, stimulating the body to restore itself while resulting in pain. The device consists of four pods with 200 infrared LED light handing outies and a strap to attach them to your arms or legs. The controller allows you to choose a treatment time, 20 minutes, or 30 minutes.
LumiWave was the first device approved by the FDA in its catalog. However, light therapy has been used since the 1960s. It has been shown that infrared light acts on nerve fibers to slow down pain signals. Light also releases nitric acid. This has been detected to start positive reactions in the body such as reducing inflammation, resulting in pain, and improving blood flow.
LumiWave controller and case.
LumiWave boasts a lot of testimony on its website from people who have used its equipment, from individuals to athletes to military trainers and physiotherapy athletes. A former U.S. Navy SEALS doctor said, “I have had outstanding personal success with LumiWave in remission of back pain.”
LumiWave retails for $450. A Double LumiWave is also available with 8 pods. It retails for $580.
Worried about your eye condition? Have you ever wished you could check them between appointments with an eye doctor? Most of the time, health care programs pay for one visit per year. But the eyes can change faster than that. It would be great if there was a quick, accurate, inexpensive way to test them when we wanted to. Enter EyeQue.
EyeQue is a reasonable way to test your eyes whenever you want. And we mean affordable. EyeQue Miniscope costs only $30. It’s simple to use. You attach it to your smartphone, launch the app, and do some pixel-assisted tests. Finally, you’ll get your glasses – styling, cylindrical, and axial – exactly what your doctor uses to write prescriptions.
You can track your vision history online because the data is stored in the cloud. You can also order new lenses online. Eye doctors beware. This small device means competition.
EyeQue Miniscope only works with about two dozen smartphones, so check the list before buying. The device won the Innovation Award at CES 2017.
2 Amazing sleep sensors
If you need help to go to sleep, 2Breathe Sleep Inducer is a new device that can help you. It happened to be born from the company’s original invention, a device designed to reduce blood pressure naturally without medication. When 90% of users reported that it also helped them sleep better, the company realized it was relevant.
2Breathe Sleep Inducer consists of a sensor that you wear around the body with an elastic strap. It works in the same way as an app that measures your breathing. Set the sensor before sleep and it will synchronize with the app. The app sounds hypnotic, soothing to your breathing rhythm. When you start to fall asleep, your breathing pattern will change and 2Breathe recognizes it, switching to passive tone. After a few minutes of sleep, the app turns off. When you wake up in the morning, you will be watching a report with statistics on sleep.
2Breathe Sleep Inducer costs $180 and comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee. The device won the Innovation Award at CES 2017.