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Making wheelchair use easier and safer
A new mobile phone app called Navability is being developed that helps wheelchair users find the best routes to travel based on their ability. It will make it easier and safer for people who use a wheelchair to get around. The first maps are being produced at the University of Wollongong. http://digitallivinglab.uow.edu.au/portfolio/navability-app/
19th December 2017 by emma 0 Comments
(5 vote(s), average 4.8 out of 5)
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An off-road wheelchair
The HexHog is an off-road wheelchair offering unprecedented access to extreme terrain including hills, mud, snow and shallow water. This battery powered machine offers the freedom to go places you wouldn?t have dreamed possible. It allows wheelchair users or those with limited dexterity to enjoy the countryside and back country wilderness. www.hexhog.com
5th December 2017 by idea-2 0 Comments
(2 vote(s), average 3.5 out of 5)
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Grocery Chain Trialing 'Quiet Hour' for Autistic Shoppers
For individuals on the autism spectrum, the bright lights and loud sounds of a busy supermarket can cause sensory overload. In response to customer feedback, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) in partnership with Coles, has rolled out "Quiet Hour" in 68 supermarket stores today to make the shopping experience a little easier. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-21/coles-rolls-out-quiet-hour-to-help-shoppers-with-autism/9176272
22nd November 2017 by aussiephil 1 Comments
(5 vote(s), average 4.6 out of 5)
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A 6th sense for blind people
A wristband called Sunu emits a high-frequency sound wave that bounces off objects as far as 14 feet in front before registering as a gentle, pulsing vibration. The closer the object is ? whether it?s a wall, trash can or person ? the more frequent the pulses become, allowing blind people to create a mental map of the world around them using echolocation. It?s like the sonar device being used in vehicles to sense nearby objects and avoid crashes. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/10/27/for-decades-the-blind-have-used-canes-to-get-around-now-an-special-wrist-band-helps-them-locate-hazards/?
29th October 2017 by angel 0 Comments
(7 vote(s), average 5 out of 5)
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Australia's new notes help vision impaired and curb forgery
Starting with the $5 note this year, Australia's Reserve Bank is releasing new notes which are a world first. Most noticeably they have a clear vertical strip down the middle, which houses various security features that become visible when the note is tilted. They also include a "tactile" feature, so people who are blind or vision-impaired can distinguish between different denominations.
26th August 2017 by angel 0 Comments
(4 vote(s), average 4.8 out of 5)
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An indigenous youth mental health campaign
Australia's first national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth mental health campaign led by youth was developed by an indigenous creative agency. www.gilimbaa.com.au
26th August 2017 by idealist 0 Comments
(6 vote(s), average 4.7 out of 5)