Disabilities

Laser-Based Hearing?

Apr 11, 2012
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/fastlizard4/5391914387/in/photostream/" target=:blank">FastLizard4</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

Fascinating article from Popular Science today on an effort to use lasers to build a hearing system more accurate and expansive than the cochlear implant. The infrared lasers would more accurately stimulate the nerves in the ear, meaning a fuller, clearer perception of sound. 

Off-Road Wheelchairs Help Everybody Get Into the Wild

Mar 22, 2012

The Here's What's Awesome mailbox is full of interesting pieces on wheelchair technology these days, starting with the Action Trackchair. It's an off-road wheelchair with treads - treads! - capable of negotiating sand, snow, and hiking trails. And, as the company's promo video points out, you can have it painted in camouflage colors for serious action.

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