Assistive Technologies


Artificial Intelligence Is Helping Blind People See In Philadelphia

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Money is one of many challenges for people who are visually impaired. Its features include recognizing different kinds of products which are then spoken into an earpiece. "Oreos cookies, it will tell me it's Oreos cookies this is how you recognize the product," said Pedro. Dr. Georgia Crozier with the Moore Eye Institute says MyEye is unlike other devices that work with magnification. This sees for the person and translates it into words.


The people with dragon legs and electric fingers

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Just because something is practical doesn't mean it has to be unfashionable. See how seven disabled people have "pimped up" the equipment they use every day. Viktorija Radvila's custom-made prosthetic leg cover is adorned with sculpted dragons and crystal beads. She describes it as a "Sunday best" item. "I put this on instead of a necklace or rings if I'm going out and I want to look smart," the 34-year-old Lithuanian, who now lives near London, says.


Kayaker Locates Owner of Prosthetic Leg Found in Arkansas

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The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 38-year-old Michael Nelson was kayaking in the Little Red River on Sunday when he saw the pink sole of a Nike sneaker floating. He says the leg is "in pretty good shape" besides some rusted screws.


Mark Swinhoe death: Victim was beaten with own prosthetic leg

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A man was beaten with his own prosthetic leg before being stabbed to death in a drugs deal that went wrong. Mark Swinhoe, 38, from Long Eaton, Derbyshire, died in Moira Street, Loughborough, in the early hours of 14 January. He was attacked and killed by two men in what detectives described as a "vicious and violent encounter". Harry Matthews, 22, of Brush Drive, Loughborough, was convicted of murder at Leicester Crown Court on Monday. Matthews was also found guilty of assault.


US Navy Developing 'Smart' Prosthetic Limbs

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The Office of Naval Research has revealed plan to partner with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Naval Research Laboratory, and a number of universities to develop a new type of leg prostheses. Along with being more comfortable, these smart artificial limbs will help users prevent the threat of infection. The Monitoring OsseoIntegrated Prosthesis (MOIP) project hinges upon a titanium fixture that is surgically implanted into the recipient's femur. Bone is generated around the point where it's implanted, so only the small connection point juts out. An artificial limb can be connected or detached from this adapter at will.


The Collective to Make Better Decisions in product development

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Strategy 2 Market's Report Taps Into The "Cyber-Human" And How It Could Help Improve Product Development Drotar and Morrissey, co-founders of Strategy 2 Market have seen countless product development mishaps over the years. These mishaps boil down to poor decision-making and the limited ability to identify and manage product development uncertainty and risk. Improving project team decision-making through the assistance of computers/ Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a key asset that product development teams can benefit from to reduce the number of product development mishaps. Drotar and Morrissey created a "cyber-human" tool called the Business Fit Framework (BFF). The BFF enables and supports Malone's key elements of an intelligent system: create possibilities for action, decide which actions to take, sense the external world, remember the past and learn from experience.


Syrian girl who used tuna cans for legs receives prosthetic limbs

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An eight-year-old Syrian girl whose plight touched the world after she was photographed using tuna cans to walk has received prosthetic limbs in Turkey. Maya Merhi, who was born with no legs because of a rare congenital condition, had been living with her father at a refugee camp after fighting forced them from their home in Aleppo province. After fleeing to the northwestern region of Idlib, Maya was photographed struggling to move on homemade prosthetics made from tubes and old tins of tuna. Designed by her father Mohammad, who suffers from the same congenital disorder, the improvised legs were created to protect her from the hot, dirty and dusty ground. With the impromptu prosthetics, Maya was able to walk outside of her tent and could even attend the camp's school.


Machine Learning is Improving The Way These Prosthetic Limbs Perform - Geek.com

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Prosthetic limb users may have a bright future to look forward to, in terms of new technology that can and will help them adapt to the challenges of using the tools. AS it turns out, according to Tech Xplore, the scientists at Imperial College London and the University of Gottingen have successfully utilized machine learning to help improve the performance of prosthetic hands. The team tested their prototypes on five amputees, and found that the new form of machine learning-based control was actually more adept at providing natural movements than what's currently available to users at this time. This research and its related findings, could potentially help to spark a "new generation of prosthetic limbs," according to the researchers. Professor Dario Farina, who authored the research paper from Imperial College London's Department of Bioengineering, stated that the main goal when designing "bionic" prosthetic limbs is to let patients control them as naturally as possible, as if they were actually their natural limbs, and this new machine-learning technology helps achieve that state as closely as possible, right now.


r/MachineLearning - [D] Best open source Text to Speech networks?

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Hey guys, I'm looking to make an application that uses neural text to speech for my Python program. I'm not sure what open source SOTA is like, would love to get some reference repositories to check out, especially if they have demos.


Divers Recover Prosthetic Leg Lost by Watercraft Rider

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The Corinth Fire Department says the man lost the $127,000 prosthetic leg while riding his watercraft on a dammed section of the Hudson River in Saratoga County on Thursday. Divers searched Thursday evening and for three hours on Friday without luck.