A week before he was due to compete in a wrestling tournament in Korea, 17-year-old Carl-Akira Fujinami took a dive into a shallow wave in Australia and hit sand, hard.
19-year-old Carl doesn’t wrestle. Damage to his spine means he has lost full use of his limbs. But he does rank Gold in League of Legends.
An infrared camera sits on top of Carl’s monitor. By putting a reflective sticker on his face, he can reflect the infrared rays back into the camera’s sensor. His head handles movement to a high degree of accuracy, and any pause will activate a click. That’s the mouse. Continue Reading »
NEW DELHI: The rehabilitation department of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre has introduced a new and engaging form of rehabilitation: video games. This new form of virtual reality therapy has helped patients become more motivated and engaged during rehabilitation.
In a crowded rehab room, Vinod Kumar diligently stands on a balance board-a game console-and stares at the TV screen. He leans to the left, and on the screen the skier copies his movements. The goal of the skiing game is to reach the end of the slope and avoid obstacles, but the true goal is for Kumar to practice his balance. Continue Reading »
A mouth and voice operated game controller, mouse, and keyboard to assist a disabled gamer in playing games on the PS3, PC or Android
The QuadStick has a joystick, four sip & puff sensors, a lip position sensor, and a push switch, connected to a 32 bit ARM processor that converts the sensor inputs into USB and Bluetooth signals for host devices.
LP Accessible Technologies was founded by Luis Pena. Luis became a quadriplegic on October 18, 2007 when he was involved in a rollover accident while working. Living with the injury inspired him to build a product and provide it to others that would allow them to game again; as he did prior to the accident. The LP Pad was invented as a result to his determination to be more independent and desire to socialize with the world. Continue Reading »
DOWNEY – The happy memories of a wonderful Christmas changed in an instant when four-year-old Katarina Milatovich and her family were involved in a horrific car accident on their way home from their holiday celebration.
Although her mom and brother were hurt, they soon recovered. But Katarina suffered an injury that would last a lifetime — a spinal cord injury that left her unable to walk.
“Imagine this happy, playful, wonderful girl who suddenly found herself in a wheelchair,” her mother Natasha says. “When she went to school she was different from the other kids. She felt like an outsider.” Continue Reading »
Nintendo’s Wii game system is far more reaching than just among the teenage crowd. This new fad is now becoming the newest rehabilitation therapy today. It is used in patient therapy for those recovering from strokes, surgery, contact injuries, multiple sclerosis and more. Continue Reading »
Apps designed for SmartPhones (Blackberry, Iphone, Android) and IPads can help increase independence and improve the quality of life for people who have limited mobility from paralysis. These apps can be powerful tools for people living with a spinal cord injury or using a wheelchair due to another injury or disease. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation have created the Guide to the Best Apps for People Living with Paralysis to help people find those apps that will most enhance their lives. Continue Reading »