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Author: Melissa Castellanos

This Cosmic Helmet Inspired by 1950’s Sci-Fi Comics Could Replace Face Masks

This is the iSphere, an astronaut-like helmet designed by Berlin-based art collective, Plastique Fantastique. It’s made out of two cosmic-like transparent hollow hemispheres that are joined together and cut to create an opening for the user’s head. Specially made for the COVID-19 pandemic, the iSphere is meant to avoid transmission.

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This Attachment Makes a Manual Wheelchair Electric with the Push of a Button

This is the Blumil GO, an electric “handbike attachment” for rigid frame wheelchairs. With just a push of a button, you can make your manual wheelchair electric. Created by a wheelchair user, Miłosz “Milo” Krawczyk, the Blumil GO offers independence and the freedom to travel, sightsee, and be immersed in nature.

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This Lifesaving Tool Generates Power, Purifies Water and Even Fends Off Predators in the Wild

This is the LIFESABER by Innovation Factory, a powerful power supply for wilderness survival. Equipped with a USB generator, light/siren, UV water purifier, and plasma fire starter, this tool allows you to recharge your mobile phone and other USB devices and have peace of mind when you’re on a hike off-grid and find yourself in a jam.

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This Wearable-Tech Glove Instantaneously Translates Sign Language into Speech

This innovative, wearable-tech glove translates American Sign Language into English speech in real-time via a smartphone app. Designed by UCLA bioengineers, this high-tech glove allows the hearing impaired who use sign language to directly communicate with those who don’t know how to sign. By eliminating this language barrier, there is no need for a translator.

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Copenhagen Is Transforming Its City Streets into ‘Urban Orchards’ by Planting Fruit Trees for All

The Danish capital of Copenhagen is planting edible plants and fruit-bearing bushes for its residents to savor for free. The city’s council hopes that by introducing city-wide apple trees and blackberry bushes, urban-dwellers will be more immersed in nature, children will learn about the growing process, and its local Nordic cuisine will be even more delicious.

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This New Tire Technology Warns Drivers of Dangerous Damage and Alerts Local Authorities with Your Location

Bridgestone has teamed up with IT giant Microsoft to create a new tire monitoring system that warns drivers of potentially dangerous damage as they occur in real-time – from potholes, curbs, bumps, and objects in the road. Besides measuring tire pressure and detecting defects, the system can also automatically alert local authorities to the location and warn other connected cars.

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Meet Erik Kondo, the Inspirational Wheelchair Skateboarder Who Has Redefined the Sport

Meet Erik Kondo, an impressive wheelchair skateboarder and a T4/T5 paraplegic, who created the concept of Wheelchairboarding, which “entails riding and controlling a mobility device using a wheelchair wheelie.” He has also developed innovative devices for longboarding, landboarding, snowboarding, and skimboarding. His latest is an adaptable hoverboard, which he entered into the Toyota Mobility Unlimited Challenge.

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These High-Tech Glasses Help the Visually Impaired See Again

Meet the eSight eyewear, high-tech electronic eyewear for the visually impaired. This life-changing device was developed by an electrical engineer whose mission was to help his two legally blind sisters see. Equipped with a state-of-the-art camera, smart algorithms, and high-resolution screens, this innovation enhances the brain’s “visual information to naturally compensate for gaps in the user’s field of view.”

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This Electric ‘Treadmill Bike’ Lets You Have a High-Cardio Workout Outside

This is the Lopifit, a Dutch-designed electric treadmill bike that allows you to travel greater distances in lesser time when compared to walking on foot. Plus, it’s a more fun and interesting way to get a high-cardio workout outside. It’s also ideal for those who have discomfort or physical limitations riding a normal bike.

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This Robotic Glove for Hand Paralysis Allows Users to Grip and Do Everyday Tasks

This is the Neomano, a wearable, soft robotic glove that enables people with hand paralysis to complete daily activities. Created by Neofect, the Neomano fits over the thumb, index, and middle finger while leaving the other fingers and part of the hand uncovered. It provides an active grasp to maintain grip, followed by passive release.

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