Ekso Bionics is a company to watch. Building exoskeletons for everyday use by paraplegics is their goal by 2014. Erika Strickland’s “Good-bye, Wheelchair, Hello Exoskeleton” highlights the progress of some of Ekso’s first patients and the potential in the near future:
[Eythor] Bender, Ekso Bionics’ CEO, is confident that controlling Eksos will come to […]
Richard Herring calls-out our biases and preposterous perceptions of those in wheelchairs in the hilarious, intelligent way that only the Brits can. It’s one of the best conversations around disability I’ve ever heard.
Wait for the wobbly comedienne around the 12 minute mark. It’s a highlight.
Makes me miss good AM radio. […]
Embodied cognition is the idea that my way of thinking is not independent of the body in which I live. My metaphors, imagination, and logical processes are influenced by my body’s position in space, relative height, closeness, or contact with other bodies and my perception of the environment. For those whose bodies have been modified […]
The placebo effect is well known. Tell someone, “Hey, this pill will make your headache go away” and, though the pill is just a sugar pill and has no pain mediating qualities, will indeed make the headache go away in some small percentage of the population. The placebo effect is the power of suggestion […]
Iraq, Afghanistan, and the decade or so of not-war-but-still-war that’s been going on has not killed large number of soldiers (relative to past conflicts), but has maimed a huge percentage of those returning home from battle. Those returning previously faced few options to repair their injuries. Now, there looks to be some real […]
Anthony Gregory, a researcher with the Independent Institute, makes the case in The Atlantic for legalizing organ sales:
Several years ago, transplant surgeon Nadley Hakim at St. Mary’s Hospital in London pointed out that “this trade is going on anyway, why not have a controlled trade where if someone wants to donate a kidney for […]
Pretty people are not inclined to cooperate. When people will do what you want because you’re better looking, why compromise?
Santiago Sanchez-Pages, who works at the universities of Barcelona and Edinburgh, and Enrique Turiegano, of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, base their claims on the “prisoner’s dilemma” model of behaviour, played out under laboratory […]
He will be the first amputee athlete at the worlds when he represents South Africa in Daegu, South Korea, as its only runner in the 400 meters. He was also chosen for the 4×400 relay.
The 24-year-old Pistorius was part of a group of 26 athletes picked by Athletics South Africa […]
Scott Daigle has invented Intelli-Wheels, which are wheelchair wheels with a built in automatic gear change system. The system is still in development, but if it works the way he describes, the system will adjust the gearing as one goes uphill or across a flat surface to maximize a user’s […]
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