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Category: Disability

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 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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This Mobility Scooter Folds into a Trolley Suitcase for Easy Overhead Storage on a Flight or in a Car Trunk

Meet the ATTO Mobility Scooter by Moving Life, that brings compact foldability, freedom and independence to wheelchair users. Thanks to its innovative design, the unit folds in two for easier transport, and then it unfolds into a durable, full-sized vehicle with superior balance and use of space.

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This Off-Road Attachment for Manual Wheelchairs Lets You Conquer Any Terrain

This is the Freedom Trax, an innovative motorized wheelchair track attachment designed to transform a manual wheelchair into an off-road vehicle. This liberating all-terrain device can navigate through sand, snow, gravel, and mud. It’s lightweight, rugged, easy to transport, and is controlled by a joystick.

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This Segway-Inspired Wheelchair Gives Users the Freedom to Drive on Sand, Snow, and Forest Trails

This is the AddSeat by AddMovement, a super-mobile wheelchair inspired by the Segway that allows users to venture out and navigate new terrain that would otherwise be absolutely exhausting in a standard wheelchair. This Swedish innovation allows users to drive on various types of terrain, such as sand, snow, and even bumpy trails in the forest.

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This Device Uses Muscle Pattern Recognition Technology to Help Control Prosthesis Motions

This is the Coapt Gen2, an advanced control solution designed to improve the functionality of a powered myoelectric prosthesis (an artificial limb controlled with the electrical signals generated naturally by your own muscles). Individuals who have an upper limb loss or limb difference benefit from this technology.

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This Off-Road Wheelchair Can Navigate Bike Trails, Sand Dunes, and Ski Slopes

This is the Ziesel Sport, an off-road wheelchair by the Austrian company, Mattro GmbH. It’s an all-terrain beast for wheelchair users that can take on bike and motocross trails, sand dunes, ski slopes, and cross-country ski paths. It can even pull agricultural equipment on a farm!

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These Trucks and SUVs Are Converted For People Who Use Wheelchairs

AT Conversions is taking customization to a life-changing level for the disabled as the company is converting popular trucks and SUVs into wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The innovative conversion process eliminates the limitations of a wheelchair accessible van that may not be able to navigate rough terrain, handle harsh weather conditions, or have enough horsepower.

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This Hands-Free Wearable Robot Empowers The Disabled by Achieving a Dynamic Self-Balanced Walk

This is the Atalante by Paris-based Wandercraft, a hands-free self-balanced “exoskeleton” or wearable robot. Developed with healthcare professionals, the Atalante frees a patient’s upper limbs and trunk and its design restores movement using adjustable assistance. This allows for early task-oriented motor work and promoting patient engagement and neuroplasticity.

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