Cold hands, warm stick: High school Lacrosse player makes heated stick to beat icy conditions

 Lacrosse is a physically demanding sport under the best conditions, but inclement weather adds frozen hands to the mix. Samantha Wolfe had enough of it and, as a 14-year-old freshman, thought “why not make a heated stick?” 3 years later, her idea has become a reality — the FingerFire Lacrosse stick — and is being tested right now by teams in colder climes. Read More

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Open Bionics partners with NHS for a feasibility study to bring bionic hands to the U.K. health system

samantha-payne-open-bionics5 Open Bionics is a U.K. startup making bionic hands for patients needing prosthetics and co-founder of the company Samantha Payne came onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London to tell us about a new deal between Open Bionics and the National Health Service (NHS) to bring new technologies to amputees.
The deal involves a feasibility study with the NHS through SBRI Healthcare to see if Open… Read More

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Ears, hands or eyes

Tin can phone on white background Even before smartwatches, I did not wear a watch. I did not buy an Apple Watch or Pebble, despite the cool factor, even though I always upgrade to the latest iPhone as soon as it comes out. I would also suggest that in order for an innovative new device to take off and become a platform, it actually needs to pioneer a new user interface that utilizes a different one of our limbs or senses. Read More

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Po 3D prints personalized prosthetic hands for the needy in South America

poparaguay The latest in soft robotics and shrinking sensors enables limbs and digits with ever-increasing levels of sensation and realism. At the same time, 3D printing is making it possible to bring sophisticated designs to the underprivileged and geographically isolated. Po is a company pursuing the latter goal, making custom prostheses for people who might otherwise have never gotten anything at all. Read More

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Student’s iDentifi app puts object recognition in the hands of the visually impaired

identifi_app For someone who is blind or partially sighted, everyday tasks can be a pain — choosing the right can from the pantry, for instance, or picking up the right book from the table. A smartphone could help them with this kind of problem, of course, if it knew how to identify objects and describe them to the user — and that’s precisely what a 12th-grade student from Toronto has made… Read More

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