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Drone badminton device

Led by assistant professor Yoichi Ochiai, a team of students from the university of Tsukuba in Japan, created a device to help those with limited vision play badminton again. It uses a drone
as a ball. The project has the potential to diversify a wide range of sports and activities.



Designed to detect objects and reduce accidents, STRAP uses haptic language to send real-time information from sensors at the head, chest and below the waist levels. Patterns of different sets of vibrations alert a visually challenged user on how to react, what decision to make or where to go intuitively in certain situations when faced with certain obstacles.



Reduce your carbon footprint with alkaline hydrolysis. It uses a heated solution to dissolve tissue over 3-4 hours. Ash is placed in an urn to keep or scatter. The process reduces greenhouse gases by approximately 35% compared to flame cremation and produces no airborne mercury emissions from dental amalgam fillings.



Calm and elegant, this new generation’s power wheelchair features incline angles, as well as light and speed adjustments, whether on uneven surfaces or indoors. The wheelchair’s sensors and camera transfer can also send images to the user’s smartphone to offer all round visual access.


Wisear Mind-Controlled Earbuds

French startup Wisear previewed its mind-controlled headphone concept at this year’s conference, which the company hopes to bring to market in 2023. The “neural interface” will let users play music or answer a call without moving or speaking, thanks to electrodes embedded in the device that record brain activity and facial signals.


Samsung smart TVs

Samsung highlighted its accessibility-enhancing functionality on its smart TVs. The features include a voice guide, which provides spoken information about controls, such as channels and volume level; an avatar sign language guide, which helps users understand and navigate TV menus; SeeColors, which optimizes color calibration for people with color viewing deficiency; and auto caption position, which automatically positions closed captioning to avoid overlap with text or on-screen logos.


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